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A book about numbers that had me laughing out loud while I was on vacation My wife could not understand how a book about math could make me laugh so muchBut any book that shows the horrible mistake that not having a Year 0 i.e., 1 BC and 1 AD are adjancent would have on history as well as subtraction mistakes, how infinity is really is zero s tricky friend, and make almost understandable the reason why the amazing equation e pi i 1 is true is pretty fantastic.I laughed, I cried A book about numbers that had me laughing out loud while I was on vacation My wife could not understand how a book about math could make me laugh so muchBut any book that shows the horrible mistake that not having a Year 0 i.e., 1 BC and 1 AD are adjancent would have on history as well as subtraction mistakes, how infinity is really is zero s tricky friend, and make almost understandable the reason why the amazing equation e pi i 1 is true is pretty fantastic.I laughed, I cried Amazing book [[ Free E-pub ]] ☠ Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea ✒ The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshipped it, and the Church used it to fend off heretics For centuries, the power of zero savored of the demonic once harnessed, it became the most important tool in mathematics Zero follows this number from its birth as an Eastern philosophical concept to its struggle for acceptance in Europe and its apotheosis as the mystery of the black hole Today, zero lies at the heart of one of the biggest scientific controversies of all time, the quest for the theory of everything Elegant, witty, and enlightening, Zero is a compelling look at the strangest number in the universe and one of the greatest paradoxes of human thought It s a fascinating and an affirming read It s difficult to understand any regiment of mathematics and physics without the number zero Seife reveals, how it s acceptance took time, overcoming of religious and cultural preconceptions and other serious appraisals and tribulations Without zero, there be no calculus, algebra, astronomy, quantum physics nor understanding of space, beginning and end of the universe, black holes, vacuum and the list goes on into infinity. Zero is quite an undertaking the author attacks this microhistory with an ambitious goal to explain how zero came to be, and how it has factored into math and science, and even the dawn of the universe, from the beginning of time That s a lot to cover I respect Seife s attempts to make the textinteresting to the layman, but in my opinion the infused excitement is a bit much Still, there s a ton of information to be found in this book, and it is pretty interesting to see how drastical Zero is quite an undertaking the author attacks this microhistory with an ambitious goal to explain how zero came to be, and how it has factored into math and science, and even the dawn of the universe, from the beginning of time That s a lot to cover I respect Seife s attempts to make the textinteresting to the layman, but in my opinion the infused excitement is a bit much Still, there s a ton of information to be found in this book, and it is pretty interesting to see how drastically math and science changed over the centuries Wow A tremendous amount of information is packed between the cover pages of this little book I had no idea zero created such controversy in religion and math science Fascinating facts about how our calendar system is ahead by a year BECAUSE we should have begun with year zero, not one So, when December 31, 1999 came around, true mathematicians didn t celebrate the millenium until December 31, 2000 The Mayan s had the calendar system figured out They started with zero, but didn t call it t Wow A tremendous amount of information is packed between the cover pages of this little book I had no idea zero created such controversy in religion and math science Fascinating facts about how our calendar system is ahead by a year BECAUSE we should have begun with year zero, not one So, when December 31, 1999 came around, true mathematicians didn t celebrate the millenium until December 31, 2000 The Mayan s had the calendar system figured out They started with zero, but didn t call it that Interesting, because we do consider some things as zero, i.e., babies are not born and then automatically considered to be 1 year old They are 1 month, 6 months, etc, then they are 1 Makes sense.I enjoyed how the author used examples that I could relate to when explaining thermodynamics, quantum physics, time travel, black holes wormholes , etc Enjoyed the e calculus , too A lot of historical information about our number system is enclosed in this book, e.g., where the word Algebra came from There are also names, theories, dates and some interesting stories to help bring the time period s to life Appendix E How to Make Your Own Wormhole time machine was humorous The last chapters dove into physics, time travel, black holes, our galaxy, how the star distances were measured, how the universe came to be big bang theory and how it may end, how we can travel vast distances on little fuel It was very complicated, but I now understand why we haven t been able to do it yet The universe is still expanding Some galaxies are speeding further away from us There are still large hunks of nothing in space The author goes into what is going on with our sun Einstein and his theories are throughout the book, too Interestingly, all this ties right into zero A black hole is zero Vast nothingness How zero and God correlate Great book 5 Star Favorite Zero is the story of the number, the time that elapsed before its acceptance, and how the ideas behind it the void and its opposite, infinity shook the ideals of religion and science across the globe The book advances through time chronologically, from the Greek philosophers through Renaissance paintings through Einstein s relativity, ending with speculations on string theory And yes, all of this is fantasia on the theme of the number zero.I didn t expect this book to be so math heavy and so Zero is the story of the number, the time that elapsed before its acceptance, and how the ideas behind it the void and its opposite, infinity shook the ideals of religion and science across the globe The book advances through time chronologically, from the Greek philosophers through Renaissance paintings through Einstein s relativity, ending with speculations on string theory And yes, all of this is fantasia on the theme of the number zero.I didn t expect this book to be so math heavy and sort of resented the reintroduction to the Rule of L Hopital But overall I found this to be an enjoyable read My favorite parts were the discoveries of the old Greek musicians and the artists who moonlighted as math dudes The first section of the book reminded me of that one Donald Duck cartoon.In my opinion, the ideal audience for this book is kids who are just about to take calculus, because Zero makes the math is both applicable and fun But also an interesting read for adults Just be warned that part of this book involves a journey back to high school math equations I agree that this was a great book When I was reading it, I thought what a wonderful experience it would be if the walls between Mathmatics, History, Social Science, and English weren t so high, this type of learning could take place in a middle school setting If I had read this book when i was in middle school, I would have been wagging my tail in math class every day. Another one of the best books that I ve read recently Seife does an excellent job of turning zero into a subject It is a number, and it is an idea it is a troublemaker, and it is a problem solver The biography is very interesting, beginning with history and philosophy and ending with science and the modern age.I enjoyed the actual writing of the book clear and easy to follow, slightly humorous at times in a Stephen Hawking kind of way , and clever I like the chapter titles beginning with Another one of the best books that I ve read recently Seife does an excellent job of turning zero into a subject It is a number, and it is an idea it is a troublemaker, and it is a problem solver The biography is very interesting, beginning with history and philosophy and ending with science and the modern age.I enjoyed the actual writing of the book clear and easy to follow, slightly humorous at times in a Stephen Hawking kind of way , and clever I like the chapter titles beginning with Chapter Zero and ending with Chapter Infinity and the fact that Seife is not biased He simply conveys historical and scientific fact, not allowing his opinions to leak through his words I don t like when scientists make it obvious that they re not only proving theories but also trying to disprove God Seife never does that he just presents ideas and explains how zero went from being reviled and feared to respected to something that needs to be erased onceMy only critique is that the first part of the book is very easy to understand, but during the second half when Seife discusses modern mathematics and science, the narrative becomesdifficult to follow if the reader isn t a calculus major or a physicist neither of which I am Still, there are nice illustrations that make Seife s points clearer.I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the idea of zero, its origins and usefulness, its place in the world, or to anyone who loves math and science This book made me want to actually learn calculus At least until the brain fever wore off. Very cool book, it covers many interesting facts.