Zero

post by el · 2019-01-07T03:28:09.134Z · score: -14 (4 votes) · LW · GW · 0 comments

"..rattling even this century?s brightest minds and threatening to unravel the whole
framework of scientific thought.


Zero is Powerful because it is Infinities twin. They are equal and opposite, Yin and
Yang. They are equally paradoxical and troubling. The Biggest questions in
science and religion are about nothingness and eternity, the void and the Infinite,
Zero and Infinity.The clashes over Zero were the battles that shook the foundations of philosophy, of science, of mathematics, and of religion.

Underneath every revolution lay a Zero-and an Infinity.

Zero was as the heart of the battle between East and West. Zero was at the centre
of the struggle between religion and science. Zero became the language of nature
and the most important tool of mathematics. And the most profound problems in
physics- the dark core of the black hole and the brilliant flash of the big bang- are
struggles to defeat Zero.


Yet through all its history, despite the rejection and the exile, Zero has always
defeated those who opposed it. Humanity could never force Zero to fit its
philosophies. Instead, Zero shaped humanities view of the Cosmos - and of God".

Charles Seife - Zero The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

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