Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

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Penguin, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 248 pages
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The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshiped it, and the Church used it to fend off heretics. Today, zero lies at the heart of one of the biggest scientific controversies of all time, the quest for the theory of everything. Line illustrations.
  

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A nice general overview of how zero (and infinity) confounded Western society for centuries though I wish it were more in-depth. Would be a great book for those with a keen interest in math (and some physics), but haven't had college (or advanced high school) classes covering these topics. Read full review

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User Review  - Joseph Christy - Goodreads

I'm not a math guy and this book is awesome. Great way to get me interested in math: through philosophy. Read full review

Contents

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1
II
5
III
25
IV
63
V
83
VI
105
VII
131
VIII
157
XI
217
XII
221
XIII
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XIV
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XV
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XVI
231
XVII
239
XVIII
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IX
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X
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About the author (2000)

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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