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Who Invented Zero?

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 04:34 PM

Though humans have always understood the concept of nothing or having nothing, the concept of zero is relatively new — it only fully developed in the fifth century A.D. Before then, mathematicians struggled to perform the simplest arithmetic calculations. Today, zero — both as a symbol (or numeral) and a concept meaning the absence of any quantity — allows us to perform calculus, do complicated equations, and to have invented computers.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:56 AM

The Babylonians, the Mayans and maybe the Indians invented zero.

The British invented the mathematical equals sign.






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