Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Another Q

On May 4, 1536, Francesco Lapi—a Florentine merchant who at the time was in Seville, Spain—used X in a letter, the first ever known instance of a document containing it. Back then, he was referring to the number of "amphoras" that were shipped in three vessels which departed Spain on their way to Rome, Italy. An "amphora" was a commercial volume measure of those times.
What is X?

4 comments:

Ded said...

@ ?
I think adi asked this before in some college quiz!!

Tamizhmarai said...

answer?

The Mudd said...

pls see previous comment

Tamizhmarai said...

oh! :)