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ISBN: 0713992840 / ISBN-13: 9780713992847

The Nothing That is: A Natural History of Zero

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  • The Nothing That is: A Natural History of Zero (Allen Lane) – Hardcover (1999)
    by Robert Kaplan

    The Nothing That is: A Natural History of Zero

    Hardcover, Allen Lane
    1999
    240 pages

    ISBN: 0713992840
    ISBN-13: 9780713992847

    In this text, Robert Kaplan explores the peculiar course that the notion of "nothing" or its mathematical representative, zero, has taken throughout history. Forced into our awareness 4000 years ago by the need to count ever larger multitudes, zero drifted in and out of focus, disappeared for centuries, then swept from the East into the medieval world, with fears and superstitions crouched around it. Did we discover or invent it? Was it the devil's work? Is it a number or a fiction? Its users came to see that it held ... Show more

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