J asked in Science & MathematicsMathematics · 4 weeks ago

I've heard that the number 0 wasn't used in mathematics for centuries or millennia, reasoning you can't subtract something from nothing?

What do you know about this?


I'm referring to zero as a starting integer between -1 and +1, not a number as in 10, 102, or 1000.

1 Answer

  • 4 weeks ago

    Zero’s origins most likely date back to the “fertile crescent” of ancient Mesopotamia. Sumerian scribes used spaces to denote absences in number columns as early as 4,000 years ago, but the first recorded use of a zero-like symbol dates to sometime around the third century B.C. in ancient Babylon.

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