Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea"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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User Review  themulhern  LibraryThingGenerally lively and fun book w/ a few flaws. The somewhat inaccurate historical asides as footnotes are a bit troubling, but sometimes they end up in parentheses instead, which is more annoying. The ... Read full review
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User Review  le.vert.galant  LibraryThingThe portion of the book dealing with postNewtonian physics and mathematics is not terribly interesting or different than dozens of other popular science books; however, the earlier chapters on the dissemination of zero from the East to the West are quite engaging. Read full review
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Null and Void  1 
Nothing Comes of Nothing  25 
Nothing Ventured  63 
Copyright  
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