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Our Logo: The Mayan Sea Shell Glyph
||In approximately 700 A.D., Europe was immersed deeply into the Dark
Ages. Anything that might remotely be called science was greatly encumbered by
the use of a number system that remained from the once-powerful Roman Empire.
At this same time, in the Western Hemisphere, the Maya had developed a number
system that possessed an important concept which permitted them to advance
significantly ahead of their European counterparts. This simple, but extremely
important, idea was the concept of a zero.
|The zero could be used as a placeholder which
permitted the same symbol to assume different values depending where it was
placed in the number’s representation. Our number system, acquired from the
Arabic cultures, is similar. Our zero, like the zero of the Maya, permits this
powerful use of position to determine value.
For example, the symbol "5" assumes
a different value depending upon where it is placed in a number. The numbers 5,
50, and 500 all use the same symbol "5". However, they all have different
values because the zero is used as a placeholder. This discovery also permits
the development of a simple, rule-based arithmetic--something totally absent in
Europe until it was brought to them later by the Arabs.
The Mayan symbol for zero was a simple drawing of a shell. Booth Associates has
chosen the Mayan zero symbol (or glyph) as part of their logo. We feel it
illustrates a principle that One Piece Cosplay Costumes we have found important in solving and preventing
problems in every organization with which we have worked. Just as the zero is a
simple concept, it is extremely important and it permits the iPhone 5 Cases UK solution of many
problems. Booth Associates also uses simple, but important, concepts--applied
properly--to help organizations move forward with continuous improvement of
their products, services, and processes.
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