The history of the evolution of zero is quite remarkable, just like the digit itself. Read on to know interesting & amazing information on the origin & background of zero.
As stated in the “Zero, The Biography of a Dangerous Idea” by 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, became the most important tool in mathematics. (Zero has journeyed through history) as an Eastern philosophical concept (and struggled) to gain acceptance in Europe, and (has become) the apotheosis of the mystery of the black hole. Today, zero lies at the heart of one of the biggest scientific controversies of all time, the quest for a theory of everything...” Yes! That’s zero. For centuries together, the use of zero in numerical system has been quite controversial. Many theories have been formulated on this concept, with some even drawing comparisons between this symbol, and the Supreme Power, stating that the existence of this symbol is contentious and debatable just like God Himself. Do you know the history of zero - as to how it came into being?
Interesting & Amazing Information On Origin & Background Of Zero
Different cultures and civilizations have played a part in inventing and formulating the concept of zero. Of them, the contributions made by the Babylonians of Egypt and the Hindus of India are worth mentioning. The complex and sophisticated Sexagesimal (base-60) Positional numeral system of the Babylonian mathematics showed a gap in between the numerals to indicate a positional value (or zero). In 300 BCE, a punctuation symbol (indicated by two slant wedges) was used to fill the gap. The origin of this symbol evoked much speculation and conjectures among the Greeks, who were uncertain about the status of zero as a number. The paradoxes of Zeno of Elea (Greek philosopher), or his philosophical examination and evaluation of the infinite, heavily depended on the doubtful interpretation of zero.
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