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Zero : the biography of a dangerous idea

Author: Charles Seife
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2000.
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Examines the development of the concept of mathematical zero, its gradual acceptance in various cultures, and the use of zero in modern math and astrophysics.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Seife, Charles.
Zero.
New York : Viking, 2000
(OCoLC)607413252
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Seife
ISBN: 067088457X 9780670884575
OCLC Number: 41621174
Description: vi, 248 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Null and void --
Nothing doing: the origin of zero --
Nothing comes of nothing: the West rejects zero --
Nothing ventured: zero goes East --
The infinite God of nothing: the theology of zero --
Infinite zeros and infidel mathematicians: zero and the scientific revolution --
Infinity's twin: the infinite nature of zero --
Absolute zeros: the physics of zero --
Zero hour at ground zero: zero at the edge of space and time --
[Infinity]. Zero's final victory: end time --
Appendix A. Animal, vegetable, or minister? --
Appendix B. The golden ratio --
Appendix C. The modern definition of a derivative --
Appendix D. Cantor enumerates the rational numbers --
Appendix E. Make your own wormhole time machine.
Responsibility: Charles Seife.
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Examines the development of the concept of mathematical zero, its gradual acceptance in various cultures, and the use of zero in modern math and astrophysics.

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