tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3731946622562944178.post6219881329876921459..comments2016-06-28T12:59:24.926-07:00Comments on MTH 495: Blog Post 6: History of ZeroAnthony Gerbsnoreply@blogger.comBlogger5125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3731946622562944178.post-16391725066164180822016-06-27T15:59:58.115-07:002016-06-27T15:59:58.115-07:00Anthony this was a great post on zero. zero is suc...Anthony this was a great post on zero. zero is such a weird number and its so interesting on how it wasnt even considered a number back in the day. Seeing how different numbers are now with and without zero is crazy because without zeros its a completley different number to us now. great job!!!<br /><br />-Brianna PodsaidUnknownhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/02433872509657511640noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3731946622562944178.post-71728164729101203702016-06-26T16:45:04.049-07:002016-06-26T16:45:04.049-07:00Anthony,
I am fascinated by this topic. How crazy ...Anthony,<br />I am fascinated by this topic. How crazy is it to think, today, of a world in which zero does not exist, or at least is not used in mathematics! It certainly would make division by a variable easier, no restrictions on what that variable could be. I appreciate your post and especially like how you highlighted the difference between zero as a place holder and zero as a number with properties.<br /><br />Yet, the great part about realizing that zero was invented is that you then get a glimpse into how math goes from an idea to a part of our daily lives. I sort of imagine that mathematicians of the day started to get frustrated with the difficulty of writing numbers without the place holder, so they stuck one in. After some time, someone thought, so, I can use all of these other numbers in math, why can’t I use this place holder as well? Then, “Okay, if I am going to use it, what properties will it have? What will happen if I use it in multiplication, division, addition, subtraction?” Voila, someone sets down the rules and we now have this amazingly useful place holder!<br /><br />By the way, I did find one typo. You say, “thirteenth century was the msot significant achievement” and is should be “thirteenth century was the most significant achievement”.<br /><br />Thank you for your post,<br />JerryGerald Mabritohttps://www.blogger.com/profile/18169619823187660728noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3731946622562944178.post-13352030425011741002016-06-26T13:19:12.042-07:002016-06-26T13:19:12.042-07:00It is really hard to try and realize a mathematica...It is really hard to try and realize a mathematical universe without zero, and I think that most of us that study today, take many things for granted. It is obvious that many of these things, like the number zero, took hundreds, if not thousands of years, for mankind to try and get a grasp on. Something that would have been kind of neat to view would be the struggles these groups of people with accepting zero. Is there a particular reason/reasons that some cultures were embraced Zero more so than others? <br />Thanks for sharing Anthony!Nick Deaneshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/15967912778130196663noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3731946622562944178.post-56822764578420064752016-06-26T12:54:57.923-07:002016-06-26T12:54:57.923-07:00Hey Anthony,
This is some neat history on Zero. I ...Hey Anthony,<br />This is some neat history on Zero. I still think its is crazy that so many people didn't accept zero so long ago. <br />It would be cool to see some work on zero that you have done or something that you think is awesome about zero.<br />ErinErin Francishttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10103292803687235843noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3731946622562944178.post-1967777552862096122016-06-26T11:17:24.354-07:002016-06-26T11:17:24.354-07:00Lots of good history here.
Complete: to be an exe...Lots of good history here.<br /><br />Complete: to be an exemplar it could use more stuff/time shown. More about place value, a look at the Babylonian or Mayan numbers. You might be conflating a bit the two separate issues of place value and the question is nothing a number. Leonardo of Pisa could get name-dropped in the European section. What are the important properties of zero - can you make some ring/Math 310 connections?<br /><br />C's John Goldenhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/18212162438307044259noreply@blogger.com