“Nothing” changed: ancient Indian text pushes the history of zero back 500 years


Carbon dating of an ancient Indian text might push the history of zero 500 years earlier than thought, a new paper reports. It might seem like nothing, but this humble number made modern mathematics possible. Close-up image of one of the manuscript’s sheets. I’ve circled the dot, which stands as a placeholder zero, on the bottom…


"Nothing" changed: ancient Indian text pushes the history of zero back 500 years
“Nothing” changed: ancient Indian text pushes the history of zero back 500 years

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