Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
Baker & Taylor, CATS, Jun 29, 2009
A "biography" of the most vexing and troublesome number in human history reveals how the Babylonians invented it, why the Greeks were afraid of it and the Hindus worshipped it, the role it played in hunting down heretics in the Middle Ages, and its place in the Y2K issue.
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Smart and entertaining at the same timeUser Review - kawasakign - Borders
Great book. As an engineer that took way to much math back in college, I now have a greater appreciation for how all the great mathematicians of the past created our modern calculus. Ties together religion, philosophy and science and math all together to get the whole historical story. Read full review
Zero: the biography of a dangerous ideaUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This is a very light treatment of big ideas. In the first chapters, Seife, a correspondent for New Scientist, skims over the historical and intellectual development of zero, covered more thoughtfully ... Read full review