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Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

Charles Seife
3.9/5 (8689 ratings)
The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshipped it, and the Church used it to fend off heretics. For centuries, the power of zero savored of the demonic; once harnessed, it became the most important tool in mathematics. Zero follows this number from its birth as an Eastern philosophical concept to its struggle for acceptance in Europe and its apotheosis as the mystery of the black hole. Today, zero lies at the heart of one of the biggest scientific controversies of all time, the quest for the theory of everything. Elegant, witty, and enlightening, Zero is a compelling look at the strangest number in the universe and one of the greatest paradoxes of human thought.
Language
English
Pages
248
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin
Release
February 07, 2000
ISBN
0140296476
ISBN 13
9780140296471

Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

Charles Seife
3.9/5 (8689 ratings)
The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshipped it, and the Church used it to fend off heretics. For centuries, the power of zero savored of the demonic; once harnessed, it became the most important tool in mathematics. Zero follows this number from its birth as an Eastern philosophical concept to its struggle for acceptance in Europe and its apotheosis as the mystery of the black hole. Today, zero lies at the heart of one of the biggest scientific controversies of all time, the quest for the theory of everything. Elegant, witty, and enlightening, Zero is a compelling look at the strangest number in the universe and one of the greatest paradoxes of human thought.
Language
English
Pages
248
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin
Release
February 07, 2000
ISBN
0140296476
ISBN 13
9780140296471

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