The mysterious number 0

Today, it costed me nearly ¥4000 to buy some books in Book Off.

I have got some books which I become very interested in recently, but the happiest thing is to find an English one named <A Practical English Grammar>, because I have been seeking some book about English grammar the whose new books are so expensive  that I cannot afford it. But I have gained one just at the price of 500 yen.

In the metro coming back home after finishing my part-time job, I delved too deep into one book named <感動する!数学> so that I missed the transfer station. Thought I just read the first chapter, the most impressive part of what I have read is about the number zero. We’re too familiar about this number, but I have not known that zero is created by ancient Indian inspired by the eastern philosophy as described below.

0を発見したのはインド人です。かつて、0という概念はヨーロッパにはありませんでした。何もない、無、”empty”ということを表す発想は、西洋思想のもとでは生まれなかったのです。

数字は、歴史的に言えば、まず1、2、3というプラスの数が最初に発見され、その後マイナスの数が発見されました。それからようやく0が発見されます。

ギリシャ時代にはピタゴラス(毕达哥拉斯、Pythagoras)などが登場して、数学が発展しましたが、まだ0は出てきません。0という数字は東洋の哲学的な深さなしでは発見されなかったでしょう。

and There are also some other interesting topics and mathematicians  mentioned in the book as below.

1  the reason that there is no Nobel prize for mathematics.

2  John Napier best known as the discoverer of logarithms.

3  Carl Friedrich Gauss (ガウス、高斯)

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