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Zero : The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

Zero : The Biography of a Dangerous Idea - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0140296471

Cover of Zero : The Biography of a Dangerous Idea 00 (ISBN 978-0140296471)
ISBN13: 978-0140296471
ISBN10: 0140296476
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.
Published: 2000
International: No

List price: $16.00

Zero : The Biography of a Dangerous Idea - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0140296471

Charles Seife

ISBN13: 978-0140296471
ISBN10: 0140296476
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshiped it, and the Church used it to fend off heretics. Today, zero lies at the heart of one of the biggest scientific controversies of all time, the quest for the theory of everything. Zero follows the 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.

Elegant, witty, and utterly fascinating, Zero takes us from Aristotle to superstring theory by way of Pythagoras, Descartes, the Kabbalists, and Einstein. It is a compelling look at the strangest number in the universe--and one of the greatest paradoxes of human thought.

Author Bio

Seife, Charles :

Charles Seife is a correspondent for Science, a London--based international weekly science magazine. He has written for Scientific American, The Economist, Wired UK, The Sciences, and numerous other publications. He has a masters degree in mathematics from Yale.