History of Zero

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History of Zero
Ivanna Villanueva Bobadilla
Mathematics I
Friday, September 20, 2013

The number zero is one digit we use on a daily basis. It has a lot of significance to us since we can remember. This digit is used as a placeholder in the place value system. Zero is a number that plays an important role in the mathematics areas, such as integers, real numbers and other algebraic structures. Zero is completely null in some mathematical procedures, is not positive nor negative and everything multiplied, divided or to the power of zero is always going to be ZERO. The number can change a whole amount, making it larger. Just imagine adding zeros to your checks, making it bigger. According to Yale Global Online, published by MacMillan Center, from placeholder to the driver of calculus, zero has crossed the greatest minds and most diverse borders since it was born many centuries ago. Today, zero is perhaps the most pervasive global symbol known. In the story of zero, something can be made out of nothing. Understanding and working with zero is the basis of our world today; without zero we would lack calculus, financial accounting, the ability to make arithmetic computations quickly, and especially in today's connected world, computers. The story of zero is the story of an idea that has aroused the imagination of great minds across the globe.

I totally agree with every fact expressed above, because it is true that zero has become one of the most important numbers today. Without it, we would lack a lot of important elements in math. When anyone thinks of one hundred, two hundred, or seven thousand the image in his or her mind is of a digit followed by a few zeros. As I explained in the first paragraph, zero is a placeholder; imagine adding a few zeros to your salary! According to John Matson in his article “The Origin of Zero”, the number zero arrived in West Circa 1200, most famously delivered by Italian mathematician...
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