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Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

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The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshipped it, and the Christian Church used it to fend off heretics. Seife, a US correspondent for the international magazine New Scientist, 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. He describes the work and thought of scholars, mystics, and cosmologists as they battled over the meaning of this mysterious number.
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The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshipped it, and the Church used it to fend off heretics. Science journalist Seife follows this innocent-looking number--zero--from its birth as an Eastern philosophical concept to its struggle for acceptance in Europe and transcendence into the West. 75 line drawings.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-238) and index.

About the Author

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.

 

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670884575
Subtitle:
A Biography of the Number Zero
Author:
Seife, Charles
Author:
Zimet, Matt
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Number Theory
Subject:
Arithmetic
Subject:
Zero (The number)
Subject:
Zero
Subject:
General History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
105-826
Publication Date:
20000207
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.83x5.84x.89 in. .92 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshipped it, and the Church used it to fend off heretics. Science journalist Seife follows this innocent-looking number--zero--from its birth as an Eastern philosophical concept to its struggle for acceptance in Europe and transcendence into the West. 75 line drawings.
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