# Questions tagged [zero]

For questions about the origin and development of the number zero, formally the additive identity in mathematics.

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### Why didn't the number zero (0) have a Roman numeral of its own?

I heard that the Romans never had the concept of zero nor a numeral to represent it in their system of mathematics. So, first, the number zero was invented by the Babylonians, but was never ...
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### What are the precursors and postcursors to discovery/invention of zero?

There are several instances in history that are considered to be good candidates as discovery and first use of zero. Examples includes Ancient Sumarian and Babylonian civilizations, Mayans, medieval ...
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### Ancient Chinese numbering system

It has been said that the invention of zero was a great leap forward, not only in abstract understanding, but in the ability to introduce place value notation and do computations; computing using ...
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### Did the ancient Greeks have zero in their number system?

Roman numerals don't have 0. I was taught that the arabs introduced 0 in their arabic numerals and it is depicted as a decimal point. The arabs, in turn, got their number system from india in ...
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### Does Euclid's Elements acknowledge a concept of 0, either directly or indirectly?

From what I understand Euclid avoided infinity, and so I'm wondering how Euclid might have dealt with the concept of 0 in the Elements.
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### When was the inverse quadratic interpolation method first used?

Do you know anything about it? I couldn't really find something useful on web.
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### Was the concept of zero ever developed without relation to positional number systems?

It is well known that positional numeral systems are not possible without the concept of zero and corresponding notation. This is the necessary condition, but not sufficient one. My question is: ...
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### Discovery of zero

I have read at many places that zero was discovered by Aryabhata but when i was discussing this with my mathematics teacher he told me that zero had already been discovered before Aryabhata and it was ...
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### When was zero actually introduced in mathematics?

Children learn counting things, naturally like, 1, 2, 3, ... and so on. Because it seems obvious to them. But, zero is something we need to teach them about. As far as my understanding goes zero was ...
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### History of $0 \in \mathbb N$.

There are different conventions around whether $0 \in \mathbb N$. I know that $\mathbb N = \{0,1,2,3, \cdots\}$ is called the Bourbakian definition of $\mathbb N$. But did this convention really ...
The first know use of $0$ as it's own number was in India, but what was the equation in which it was used? Also, what was the tablet/scroll/whatever about?