[AAACE-NLA] Who Invented Zero
Clutes at message.nmc.edu
Thu Nov 20 15:16:24 EST 2008
Wasn't it the Myans who added 0 to represent "no things," and it was
actually a place holder?
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>>> <LarryFish at aol.com> 11/19/2008 9:11 PM >>>
In a message dated 11/19/2008 6:28:18 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
aaace-nla-request at lists.literacytent.org writes:
As one can imagine, I would bet there will be no consensus on a precise
definitive answer; but, as you say, the Babylonians seem like the best
Two somewhat recent books go into the complexity of the idea of Zero as
a number and concept including the history:
Charles Seife's "Zero:The Biography of a Dangerous Idea" and Robert
Kaplan's "The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero."
And while this can turn into an endless thread - with wiki's and
ask.com, some of the reviewer comments from the above book reviews ,
maybe the NY Times Science Editor would get involved, etc., from an
educational point of view, going into this is fascinating.
The concept of an empty space started with the Babylonians.
I got a book out that says Alexander took a lot of Greek knowledge
with him to India, there it got combined with what the Indians were
already doing, from there it went back, to the Arabs, and thence to
Thanks for your help on this--I am trying to tie down sources.
Any others with more info??
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