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Zero : The Biography of a Dangerous Idea - 00 edition

Zero : The Biography of a Dangerous Idea (ISBN10: 0140296476; ISBN13: 9780140296471)
ISBN13: 978-0140296471
ISBN10: 0140296476

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ISBN13: 978-0670884575
ISBN10: 067088457X

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.
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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. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 00
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.
Published: 09/28/2000
International: No

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