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THE NOTHING THAT IS: A Natural History of Zero

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Part history, part philosophy, with some story problems thrown in for good measure: a wandering tale of the origins and uses of the number zero. Remember learning the Roman numerals in grade school? Kaplan is quick to point out that their system of counting used different letters for 1, 5, 10, 100 (I, V, X, C). This leads to problems when you want to represent the very large, millions or billions ... Read full review

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Kaplan fulfilled his frustrated poetic zeal by writing this book. First seven chapters are prejudiced writings. Those who do not want to vitiate their minds must avoid these chapters. Book itself can be avoided and the history can be well understood from the webs:
www.storyofmathematics/mathematician
www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Chronology/full.html
 

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