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Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
 

This informative and easy-to-read book is the story of the people who battled over the meaning of the mysterious number - the scholars and mystics, the scientists and clergymen - who tried to understand zero.

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ISBN 9780285635944
Barcode 9780285635944
Published 12 October 2000 by Profile Books Ltd
Format Paperback, Main
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Author(s) By Seife, Charles
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ISBN-13 9780285635944
ISBN-10 0285635948
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Imprint Souvenir Press Ltd
Publication Date 12 October 2000
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Main
Edition Main
Author(s) By Seife, Charles
Category Biography & Autobiography
Mathematics
History Of Science
Popular Science
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 217g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Zero (The number)
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text College/higher education;General/trade
Dewey Code 510.1
Catalogue Code 113225

Description of this Book

It is hard to believe that there was once a time when zero didn't exist, but zero was a relatively recent invention; born as an Eastern philosophical concept its history is one of struggle and intrigue. This informative and easy-to-read book is the story of the people who battled over the meaning of the mysterious number - the scholars and mystics, the scientists and clergymen - who each tried to understand zero. It involves Archimedes, Aristotle, Newton and Stephen Hawking, and is a history of the paradoxes posed by this innocent-looking number, rattling even this century's biggest minds and threatening the unravel the whole framework of scientific thought. The story of zero involved not only mathematics but history. The clashes over zero were the battles that shook the foundations of philosophy, of science, of mathematics, and of religion. Underneath every revolution in the last millennium lay a zero.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This is one of the best-written popular science books to have come this way for quite a while. -- Nicholas Lezard * Guardian * A witty but lucid account... A must for armchair logicians. * Focus * A breathless tour of the 'dangerous idea' of zero. * New Scientist * Seife is a gifted explicator of hard science. * Spectator * Moves from Pythagoras to Hawking, accompanying his arguments with well laid-out graphs. A painless way to acquire complex knowledge. * Catholic Herald *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Charles Seife earned his BA in mathematics from Princeton University, an MS in mathematics from Yale University, and an MS in journalism from Columbia University. Trained by such mathematicians as Andrew Wiles, who solved Fermat's Last Theorem, and John Conway, who invented the 'game of life', Seife has done research in probability theory, artificial intelligence, signal processing, and the visualisation of the multidimensional spaces. He has worked for the Department of Defense and is currently an American correspondent for New Scientist. He has also written for numerous other publications including Scientific American, Science, The Economist, and Wired UK.

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