"Look at zero and you see nothing but look through it and you will see the world." -Dr. Robert Kaplan, Harvard Professor of Mathematics. Zero is a lens through which we can see the evolution of mathematics; it is an essential tool for understanding the universe. The Babylonians invented it. The Greeks banned it. The Hindus worshipped it. The Christian church used zero to fend off heretics. Today it is a time bomb ticking in the heart of astrophysics. Follow the number zero from its birth as an Eastern philosophical concept to its struggle for acceptance in Europe. Over the centuries scholars, mystics, cosmologists, and clergymen clashed over the concept of zero as it shook the foundations of philosophy, science, mathematics, and religion.
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