Monthly Talk 6th December 2018

WHENCE FROM? NUMBERS AND CALENDARS

SPEAKER: Nick Lennard

Numbers - Whence from? When did we change from using Roman Numerals and start using Arabic Numerals?
Are the shapes of our numbers meaningful?

The first part of today's talk will explain the significance of the numbers we use every day and explore their origin.

Calendars - Whence from? Why do we still follow an ancient pagan calendar?
How was the date for Christmas determined?

The second part will explore the influence of Egyptians, Pagans and Romans in creating the calendar we use around the world.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Nick Lennard grew up in Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe) and completed his accountancy training in London. He specialised in systems and pursued twin careers in accountancy and computing.
He and his wife started their consultancy in Bath in 1985. These days he serves as a Treasurer to many local charities.


Nick Lennard