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the biography of a dangerous idea

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Zero

the biography of a dangerous idea

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Viking
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English
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The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshiped it, and the Church used it to fend off heretics. Now it threatens the foundations of modern physics. For centuries the power of zero savored of the demonic; once harnessed, it became the most important tool in mathematics. For zero, infinity’s twin, is not like other numbers. It is both nothing and everything.

In Zero, Science Journalist Charles Seife follows this innocent-looking number from its birth as an Eastern philosophical concept to its struggle for acceptance in Europe, its rise and transcendence in the West, and its ever-present threat to modern physics. Here are the legendary thinkers—from Pythagoras to Newton to Heisenberg, from the Kabalists to today’s astrophysicists—who have tried to understand it and whose clashes shook the foundations of philosophy, science, mathematics, and religion. Zero has pitted East against West and faith against reason, and its intransigence persists in the dark core of a black hole and the brilliant flash of the Big Bang. Today, zero lies at the heart of one of the biggest scientific controversies of all time: the quest for a theory of everything.

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Cover of: Zero
Zero
2008, Penguin Group USA, Inc.
Electronic resource in English
Cover of: Zéro, la biographie d'une idée dangereuse
Zéro, la biographie d'une idée dangereuse
September 18, 2002, Lattès
Paperback in French
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Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
September 5, 2000, Penguin (Non-Classics)
in English
Cover of: Zero
Zero: the biography of a dangerous idea
2000, Viking
in English

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Edition Notes

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

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Dewey Decimal Class
513
Library of Congress
QA141 .S45 2000

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vi, 248 p. :
Number of pages
248

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OL43063M
Internet Archive
isbn_9780670884575
ISBN 10
067088457X
LCCN
99036693
Library Thing
16170
Goodreads
64829

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