Why do we write tha largest units in numbers first? It doesn’t make sense. Instead of writing one hundred as 100, we should be writing it as 001.
English, and most other western languages are written from left to right. But let’s say I want to add 14235 and 31322. I have to start at the left side, at the smallest units. I can’t just write 45557. I have to calculate the seven first, and either remember it, or write it down somewhere else.
However, if we were to write numbers the other way around, things become much simpler. Let’s say I put a chevron in front of reversed numbers. It is placed in a way that indicates that smaller units come first.
Let’s try adding <53241 and <22313. The result is obviously <75554. I didn’t have to remember the smallest unit! I just typed it as I calculated it. The most I have to remember is to carry a one.
Why does our number system exist in this weird state? Probably because western merchants got it from the Arabs. They invented the number zero, which really simplified arithmetic for the merchants. And Arabic is written from right to left.
Will we ever fix this deplorable problem in the way western civilisation does arithmetic? Probably not. After all, in electricity we’re still using conventional current flow, as opposed to electron current flow.