Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

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Viking, 2000 - Mathematics - 248 pages
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"Zero 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. Here are the legendary thinkers who battled over the meaning of this mysterious number - scholars and mystics, cosmologists and clergymen whose clashes over zero shook the foundations of philosophy, science, mathematics, and religion." "Charles Seife's account takes us from Aristotle to superstring theory by way of Pythagoras, Descartes, the Kabbalists, and Einstein. It is a concise tour of a universe of ideas bound up in the simple notion of nothing."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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An amazing insight into nothing. - Goodreads
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Chatty style, good conceptual layout. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Angie - Goodreads

First, I want to say that I loved this book. It examines the historical introduction zero into our number system (as we found we wanted to do things other than just count), and then it examines the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rosalia - Goodreads

The perfect book for someone who likes mathematical history. Insightful, easy to read, can be read by a person with minimal math upper education (though I wouldn't give it to a middle schooler. One ... Read full review

Contents

Null and Void
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Nothing Comes of Nothing
25
Nothing Ventured
63
Copyright

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Charles Seife is the author of five previous books, including Proofiness and Zero, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for first nonfiction and was a New York Times notable book. He has written for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Wired, New Scientist, Science, Scientific American, and The Economist. He is a professor of journalism at New York University and lives in New York City.

 

 

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