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Single Idea 10853

[catalogued under 6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 3. Nature of Numbers / l. Zero]

Full Idea

It is a chicken-and-egg problem, whether the lack of zero forced forced classical mathematicians to rely mostly on a geometric approach to mathematics, or the geometric approach made 0 a meaningless concept, but the two remain strongly tied together.

Gist of Idea

Either lack of zero made early mathematics geometrical, or the geometrical approach made zero meaningless


Brian Clegg (Infinity: Quest to Think the Unthinkable [2003], Ch. 6)

Book Reference

Clegg,Brian: 'Infinity' [Robinson 2003], p.61