Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea


The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

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ISBN10: 067088457X ISBN13: 9780670884575 Contributors: Zimet, Matt (Illustrator) Publisher: Penguin USA Published: Feb 1 2000 Pages: 248 Weight: 0.95lbs. Height: 8.75" Width: 5.00" Depth: 1.25" Language: English

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The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshipped it, and the Christian Church used it to fend off heretics. Seife, a US correspondent for the international magazine New Scientist, follows the number zero from its birth as an Eastern philosophical concept to its struggle for acceptance in Europe and its apotheosis as the mystery of a black hole. He describes the work and thought of scholars, mystics, and cosmologists as they battled over the meaning of this mysterious number.

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