The Nothing That is: A Natural History of Zero

3.76 avg rating
( 933 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780140279436: The Nothing That is: A Natural History of Zero

In this text, Robert Kaplan explores the peculiar course that the notion of "nothing" or its mathematical representative, zero, has taken throughout history. Forced into our awareness 4000 years ago by the need to count ever larger multitudes, zero drifted in and out of focus, disappeared for centuries, then swept from the East into the medieval world, with fears and superstitions crouched around it. Did we discover or invent it? Was it the devil's work? Is it a number or a fiction? Its users came to see that it held immense power to unriddle the universe, leading to profound insights into the mind and the world. And now new layers are coming to light: our computers speak only in zeros and ones, and, for a cosmologist, zero alone can be made to generate everything.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Kaplan, Robert
Published by Penguin Books Ltd (2000)
ISBN 10: 0140279431 ISBN 13: 9780140279436
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110140279431

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 37.07
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Kaplan, Robert
Published by Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN 10: 0140279431 ISBN 13: 9780140279436
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0140279431 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0963044

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Robert Kaplan
Published by Penguin Books Ltd (2000)
ISBN 10: 0140279431 ISBN 13: 9780140279436
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0140279431

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 78.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds