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Hero from the east: how zero came to the west

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Title: Hero from the east: how zero came to the west
Authors: Aczel, MR
Aczel, D
Ville, M
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: While the Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans were able to do remarkably sophisticated calculations, mathematical development was limited until introduction of a true zero. In this article, we will explain why zero was such an important development. We try to answer the question: where did zero come from and how old is the concept of zero? There is strong evidence that zero is an Eastern development that came to the West from India or a civilization with roots in India, such as Cambodia. This would mean that zero is not a Greek or Western invention, as scholars had long thought. Mathematics is a wonderful mystery—many questions remain about how and why zero developed in the East and how it likely traveled to Europe.
Issue Date: Dec-2019
Date of Acceptance: 11-Nov-2019
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/75901
DOI: 10.3389/frym.2019.00128
Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
Start Page: 1
End Page: 8
Journal / Book Title: Frontiers for Young Minds
Volume: 7
Copyright Statement: © 2019 Aczel, Aczel and Ville This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Publication Status: Published
Open Access location: https://kids.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/frym.2019.00128
Article Number: 128
Online Publication Date: 2019-12-05
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