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Why did the Church reject the use of zero? How did mystics of all stripes get bent out of shape over it? Is it true that science as we know it depends on this mysterious round digit? Zero opens up these questions and lets us explore the answers and their ramifications for our oh-so-modern lives. Seife has fun with his format, too, starting with chapter 0 and finishing with an appendix titled "Make Your Own Wormhole Time Machine." (Warning: don't get your hopes up too much.) There are enough graphs and equations to scare off serious numerophobes, but the real story is in the interactions between artists, scientists, mathematicians, religious and political leaders, and the rest of us--it seems we really do have nothing in common. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a well-written biography by Charles Seife of a dangerous idea, which takes the reader from the realism of basic arithmetic (the beginning and use of one) to a faith-based... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Digmansworld
Very dense, but highly enjoyable. A history of applied and theoretical mathematics through the use of zero/infinity.Published 23 days ago by Sandy B
Must read for anyone interested in mathematics, physics, or the philosophy of science, or even the nature of knowledge. Read morePublished 2 months ago by P.K.Mardak
The book was very informative as well as entertaining. The story of "zero" is fascinating for anyone with any interest in mathematics.Published 3 months ago by dgeorge
This book is a shining star of the truth about our western mathematics. The number 0 was kept secret and not allowed to be used for centuries by clerics and and other with vested... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Red P
My " grandfather-like " forgot this book at my uncle's place and I got a little curious and started reading it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fernanda