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Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

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The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshipped it, and the Church used it to fend off heretics. Science journalist Seife ... Show synopsis

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  • Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea (Penguin Books) – Trade paperback (2000)
    by Charles Seife

    Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

    Trade paperback, Penguin Books
    2000
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    272 pages

    ISBN: 0140296476
    ISBN-13: 9780140296471

    The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshiped it, and the Church used it to fend off heretics. Today, zero lies at the heart of one of the biggest scientific controversies of all time, the quest for the theory of everything. Line illustrations.

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Reviews of Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

Overall customer rating: 4.334
Philk01

Nothing and Zero

by Philk01 on May 7, 2010

There is a difference between not having a bank account and having a back account with no money in it. That there are different types of nothing , and how they effected history, was amazing

IanPCook

Shining example of "microhistory"

by IanPCook on Apr 4, 2007

Seife's exploration of the concept of zero, from initial difficulties with characterizing "nothing" with a symbol to dealing with the mathematical impacts of what occurs when your system includes an "empty" quantity, is engaging and compelling. As can be said of numerous ideas (in math and elsewhere), the concept of zero seems almost staggeringly obvious in retrospect; this book makes it possible to understand why it wasn't at all trivial. And then continues to show the importance of and interest in dealing with zero in numerous aspects. I did long for a bit more weight to the book as a whole, but this may be as much a testament to Seife's style than anything else. I would be thrilled to read more detailed exposition of the place of zero in modern mathematics. But that could just be me...

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