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The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero
The Nothing That Is A Natural History of Zero
Author: Robert Kaplan
ISBN-13: 9780195142372
ISBN-10: 0195142373
Publication Date: 10/27/2000
Pages: 240
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Book Type: Paperback
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In tracing the origin of the zero and it's use, the author also examines early number systems.
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The combination of broad humanistic references, speculative spirit, elegant (sometimes poetic) style and (last and, for me, least)careful mathematical explanation makes this a really extraordinary book. I was totally engrossed in it while reading, and have found myself rethinking many of the ideas since I finished it. I look forward to re-reading it in perhaps six months. I'm sure I'll discover yet more richness that I missed the first time around. This book is not for everyone, but if you have the intellectual energy to invest, you'll be amply rewarded. All in all, it's a wonderful celebration of what the human mind is capable of at its most expansive.