Zero: the infinity’s twin!!
The previous article “It’s Not Always What It Seems to Be!” discussed the misrepresentation of sizes and locations of areas of countries, seas and oceans due to portraying the spherical world (3D) on a flat surface. The misrepresentation leads to misconceptions about their significance. What is perceived insignificant to some might be extremely significant to others. So, how is that related to Zero, the subject of this article?
Zero, the SIGNIFICANT/INSIGNIFICANT number, took centuries to develop, many nations to cross and great minds to comprehend. Some civilizations chose to live without zero and they functioned perfectly well. Zero was not significant to Greeks or geometry. The significance of Zero materialized only in recent times, and even more in today’s connected world where Zero plays major roles (i.e. calculus, accounting, computing … etc). Just imagine how your feeling would be like if a Zero is erased or added to your monthly paycheck, not to the left of the number but to the right :).
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