# Questions tagged [zero]

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

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### The Roman numeral system continues to lack a zero digit today. Would zero ever get its own Roman numeral digit in the future? [duplicate]

This question is a follow-up to: Why didn't the number zero (0) have a Roman numeral of its own? The number zero did not have an official Roman numeral symbol in the first place, and it still ...
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### Why didn't the Roman numeral system have a zero digit of its own?

On Wikipedia: The number zero did not originally have its own Roman numeral, but the word nulla (the Latin word meaning "none") was used by medieval scholars to represent 0. Dionysius ...
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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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### History of the invention ZERO [duplicate]

Did really Aryabhata invented zero? In what context he did invented it? I mean at that time what he wanted research?
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### Did the ancient Greeks have zero in their number system?

I was taught that the Arabs introduced zero in their Arabic numerals and it was depicted as a decimal point. They got their number system from India in turn in Sanskrit where the zero digit was also ...
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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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### 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 ...
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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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### First use of zero as a number

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?
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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 ...