Some mathematics quotations…

zero…

Egyptian maths…

Zero’s weirdness…

Numbers and geometry…

Unlike the Greeks, the Indians did not see squares in square numbers or the areas of rectangles when they multiplied 2 values.Instead they saw the interplay of numerals - numbers stripped of their geometric significance. This was the birth of what we now know as algebra. .. … ….  Once numbers shed their geometric significance, mathematicians no longer had to worry about mathematical operations no longer had to worry about mathematical operations making geometric sense.

The infinite and the void had powers that frightened the Greeks. The infinite threatened to make all motion impossible, while the void threatened to smash the nutshell universe into a thousand flinders. By rejecting zero, the Greek philosophers gave their view of the universe the durability to survive for 2 millennium.

Mistake in Calendar because of no zero…

Bede didn’t want to abandon the new dating system, so he extended Dionysius’ calendar backward. To Bede, also ignorant of the number zero, the year that came before 1 AD was 1BC. There was no year zero… … … Bede’s style of counting went… -3, -2, -1, 1, 2, 3… zero whose proper place is between -1 and 1 is nowhere to be seen.

vanishing point…

it is no coincidence that zero and the infinity are linked in the vanishing point. Just as multiplying by zero causes the number line to collapse into a point, the vanishing point has singularity, a concept that became very important later in the history of science.

vacuums

It is a subtle point: vacuum don’t suck; the atmosphere pushes. But Pascal’s simple experiment demolished Aristotle’s assertion that nature abhors a vacuum…. … … Aristotle was defeated and the scientists stopped fearing the void and began to study it.

Projective Geometry…

The person who combined these 2 ideas was a Student of Gauss’s: Georg Friedrich Bernhard Reimann merged projective geometry with the complex numbers, and all of a sudden lines became circles and circles became lines and zero and infinity became the poles on a globe full of numbers

the start and the end..

All that scientists know is the cosmos was spawned from nothing and will return to the nothing from whence it came. The universe begins and ends with zero.