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1428, 1929, and 5768. Why will these numbers have an equivalence next year?

Question #89871. Asked by nibbles0011. (Dec 14 07 10:38 AM)

Arpeggionist

Jewish year 5768 has already started. It will be the Muslim year 1428 I believe, and I'm guessing the Chinese year 1929 (but I could be wrong about that).

 Dec 14 07, 10:45 AM
zbeckabee

January 1 is year 2008 according to the Gregorian calendar, but falls in year 5768 according to the Jewish calendar and in year 1428 according to the Islamic calendar.

http://www.diversityresources.com/cal08sample/jan_l.htm

Oh, yes...and 1929 is Hindu (Shaka Samvat)

http://www.knowledgehunter.info/wiki/2007

 Dec 14 07, 10:50 AM

 Normal arithmetic counts from negative numbers through zero to positive numbers, e.g. -2, -1, 0, -1, =2, etc. But for some reason years from BC through to AD do not have a zero year. It goes 2BC. 1BC, 1AD, 2AD, etc. Why is this? Was the inventor of the AD system simply a bad mathematician?

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