KAPLAN, ROBERT; KAPLAN, ELLEN (ILLUSTRATIONS).
Title The Nothing That Is: A Natural History Of Zero.
Book Condition Softcover. Very good condition.
Publisher Oxford University Press, New York/Oxford/London: 1999.
0195142373 / 9780195142372
Seller ID 61277X1
"Look at zero and you see nothing," writes Robert Kaplan, "but look through it and you will see the world." In this delightfully engaging book, fizzing with wit and insight, Kaplan shows how zero is a lens through which we can see the evolution of mathematics as our tool for understanding the universe. Includes an Index. "Robert Kaplan's The Nothing That Is is a magnificent meditation on the concept of zero, and, therefore, on everything. His passionate writing brings us to the Mayans, the Babylonians, the Greeks, the Indians, the Arabs, and the early moderns as they worked towards, or from, an understanding of zero. Reading Kaplan, we experience that striving, and its glory for ourselves." - Barry Mazur, Harvar University
(Key Words: Mathematics, Science, History, Zero, Robert Kaplan, Numbers, Roman Numerals, Plato, Isaac Newton, Nothingness, Bhaskara, Mathematical Dots).