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Zero

The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

Charles Seife

The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshipped it, and the Church used it to fend off heretics. For centuries, the power of zero savored of the demonic; once harnessed, it became the most important tool in mathematics. Zero follows this number from its birth as an Eastern philosophical concept to its struggle for acceptanc...
Publish Date
2000
September 1
Goodreads rating
3.97
ISBN
8601419902279
Recommendations
2
Recommendations
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Chronicles how hard it was for humanity to come up with and hold onto the concept of zero. No zero, no math. No zero, no engineering. No zero, no modern world as we know it...      source