Zero Breaks the Rules

I wanted to announce my first Campaign on Teespring: Zero. The idea of the campaign is to celebrate the importance of Zero in mathematics. Nowadays it is hard to imagine that Zero was not always considered a number and all the problems this thing might involve. The official description of the campaign is:

Show that you can break rules together with Zero. This has been one of the most controversial numbers in the history of mathematics. Show your passion for mathematics! Show your passion for Zero!

Since ancient time, not all civilization have understood and considered the existence of zero. This is especially because zero is closely linked to infinity and the idea of nothingness (or void). The Babylonians were the first to kind of recognize zero, but they have used it more like a place holder and not an independent number like 1, 2 or 9. The Egyptians, Greeks and then Romans were in a way scared of zero and its strange characteristics. They did not understand zero’s mathematical properties and they considered it different than the other numbers. Like Charles Seife says in the book Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea: “A lone zero always misbehaves.” Zero was breaking the rules!!! To understand this better think of the axiom of Archimedes, which states that if you add something to itself enough times it will exceed any other number. This is true for all the natural numbers we know (and they knew at the time): 1 + 1 = 2; 2 + 2 = 4; 2 + 2 + 2 = 8. But zero was different because 0 + 0 = 0, it contradicted one of the most important axioms of the time. Also, think about subtraction: 2 – 1 = 1, but 2 – 0 = 2 (it changed nothing). If we go to multiplication and division things got even more stranger for them. Moreover, we all know the old problem of never dividing by zero. All the mathematics crumbles when we divide by zero. And they were shocked by this thing.

Zero was a concept that intervened in their religious concepts and it was hard to understand. Even after some mathematicians have shown the flows in doing mathematics without zero (the best example is Zeno’s Paradox) western philosophers still found it very hard to accept this. Taking this into consideration I have created this Zero campaign with the slogan: Zero breaks the rules. If you think this is a great idea, or if you just want to support my work in general, take a look at the campaign page. You will find many things there, from T-shirts to Sweatshirts, Hoodies, Tote Bag and Stickers.

 

If you to find out more about this number, check an older post of mine: Number zero.

Hope you enjoyed this post and that you are excited for the future ones. Have a great week. You can find me on Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, Twitter  and Instagram. I will try to post there as often as possible.

Don’t forget that maths is everywhere! Enjoy! 

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  1. Thanks. Most interesting. in Hebrew the word has several meanings. The first onee dealing with the number and the second meaning used unfortunateky in describing a worthless person/

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