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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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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 More

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 ... More

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