We Are Zero


A steady and fairly quick summary of the history of mathematics throughout the centuries and cultures pertaining to the absence of zero and infinity. Slow at the start the author overemphasizes that zero is dangerous. Repeatedly concluding and leaning on zero to create intrigue. Appears to try too hard.

Greeks to Egyptians to Romans to Indians to Arabs to the West – the professions of mathematical thought. Cultures building on past progress.

Interesting bits include Greeks’ geometric religion. Christianity based on Aristotelian philosophy; an external universe. Graph without zero or negative numbers. Advanced math to manipulate very large numbers and the language of nature: calculus. Theory of relativity – the faster an object moves the slower time progress, time as the fourth dimension.

Creating something from nothing is possible. Without God.

Math, astronomy, and art have examples of zero.

Perhaps the most powerful number.