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The English/French counting system

From:Tim May <butsuri@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 16, 2003, 19:04
Mark J. Reed wrote at 2003-09-16 09:48:33 (-0400)
 > On Tue, Sep 16, 2003 at 08:57:35AM -0400, Tristan McLeay wrote:
 > > Numbers in Quenya are written in the opposite direction. I've
 > > always considered our numbers to be backwards, going from small
 > > to large seems to better agree with my sense of aesthetics or
 > > something.
 > It makes more sense mathematically, too, and in Arabic the numbers do

How does it make more sense mathematically?