TITLE

Where do NUMBERS come from?: Nothing really MATTERS

PUB. DATE
July 2005
SOURCE
Think of a Number;2005, p22
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Book Chapter
ABSTRACT
A chapter from the book "Think of a Number: A Fascinating Look at the World of Numbers" is presented. It discusses the concept of zero. It argues that zero does not always mean nothing and that if zero is placed on the end of a number, it is multiplied by ten because of the place system, wherein the position of a digit implies its value. It also discusses the problem of dividing numbers by zero and traces the history of the concept of zero.
ACCESSION #
43901429

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