If you think
that zero (0) is merely a symbol which is round in shape and used as a numeral
then you may be wrong because zero is more than that. This article will take
you on the journey beyond zero and will make you realize that zero is real
Before the invention of Zero!!
We see 0
everywhere. From morning to evening we are surrounded by numbers whether we are
in school, home or office. But have you ever imagined that how world looked
before the invention of zero.
We need to
get to the history to know the world before zero!
used thousands of years before the invention of zero. In history we get many
records of the counting methods that were used by ancient people before the
zero was invented.
Ancient Egypt was an
intelligent and advanced civilization that began almost 8,000 years ago. It
introduced to the world a variety of useful inventions, structures and customs
that are still studied today. They used a special counting method called
hieroglyphic. This method was built upon symbols that represented a special
type of sound. They used this method in measurements, constructions science.
But this method did not have zero or they did not need a zero but still they
were the master of mathematics.
Egyptians used Hieroglyphic counting Method in their sciences!
had rich legacy of innovation and invention can still be seen today. The Romans
were prodigious builders and expert civil engineers, and their thriving
civilization produced advances in technology, culture, and architecture. Romans
also had their number system. It was less sophisticated than Egyptians
hieroglyphic. But this number system was also missing main ingredient of
today’s mathematics (the zero ).
Romans were also in search of something that was nothing.
Greeks gave many great philosophers like Archimedes and Herons and are known
for their invention in mechanics (like screws, gears, rotary mills, calipers,
levers etc.), mining, clock and many more. They brought mathematics to highest
point and had their own number system. This system was new and avoided
repetition of letters.
civilization had advanced technology and science, but they were missing
something. They did not have a thing that was nothing but everything- the zero
Greeks were great mathematicians without Zero!
to the world!!
for spiritual science and ancient philosophy gave the world a philosophical
concept of sunya ( शून्य as
thing  has nothing, but everything!!”
Acharya Aryabhatt was first to give the concept of sunya !
invented by ancient great scientist of india “Acharya Aryabhatt”.
Aryabhatt not only just invented merely a symbol but they gave the world the
concept that sunya  is origin and end of everything. It means that
everything in this universe comes from zero and goes to the zero  ultimately
zero is the origin and the end of everything.
In India zero was not only used in mathematical form but also in spiritual form!
 was represented as a dot and later on in 500 C.E they started using small
circle to represent it.
ultimately the zero as a symbol and concept is just like a gift to the world
from India because on this concept only our modern science and digital
technology is based.
Zero travels to west!!
Zero was being
used by Indians from 9th century but it was unknown to the west at
that time. The credit of spreading zero to the world goes to Arabic nomads, who
used to travel place to place. Arabians also had their number system( called
Arabic numbers) but when they came to India they realized the importance of the
number system used in by Aryans, and took this zero’s concept with them and
fused it with the Arabic numbers system.
resisted the use of Hindu-Arabic numerals because that numbers looked strange
and moreover use of numbers containing 0 were banned in Italy.
“The Word Zero
comes from Italy”
Leonardo of Pisa was first European to spread zeros concept in Europe!
great conflict regarding zero, Leonardo of Pisa (known as Fibbonacci) learnt
Hindu-Arabic numerals and used that knowledge in his book, and finally in 1500s
zero was accepted as a numeral.
“Zero sits at the end of
computer’s keyboard and at bottom of mobile’s keypad, because we always start
counting with 1” -Read part-2
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