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.
Good book. A good history and interesting that zero and infinity ( it's reciprocal ) wind up in the middle things ( trajectories, black holes, ... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Brian Lara
This is the Rosetta Stone that ties together the histories of mathematics, philosophy, religion and politics. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Shizont
The Babylonians did not invent zero;; they simply did not use it. Rather, they left a space where zero might occur. as a placeholder. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KRN
Great book that successfully amalgamates philosophy, mathematics, science and history; in a captivating book that makes your imagination explode.Published 1 month ago by Jacob
Very informative history of the development of mathematics. Who'd a thunk zero and infinity are so entwined and related - opposites.Published 2 months ago by Jim Olson
What I am getting from this book is how much value Zero added to math and therefore to other thinking. Read morePublished 2 months ago by travel light and smiling
What a great little book! Chock full of history, mathematics, physics, and the struggle for social change.
Sam Savage - Author of The Flaw of Averages
Bought this a few years ago and have passed it around a number of times to other people. A very intriguing read for the concept of zero, how dangerous the idea became for... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matthew O'Neil