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Asked by: wandakitty-ga
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28 Apr 2004 12:46 PDT
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Question ID: 337785
Can you tell the history about the number (if it is a number) zero . I'm putting together a small roll out campaign that will require our employees to add leading zeros to certain tracking numbers where they didn't have to before.
Re: Leading Zeros
Answered By: tar_heel_v-ga on 28 Apr 2004 12:58 PDT
Wandakitty.. Interesting question. I have provided below several references discussing the history of zero. In a nutshell, it is pretty widely accepted that the term zero comes from the Arabic word, al-sifer, which the term cipher is derived from. Sifer is a translation of the Hindi word sunya, which means void or empty. A Brief History of Zero http://www.mediatinker.com/whirl/zero/zero.html A History of Zero http://www-gap.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/HistTopics/Zero.html Zero History http://www.geocities.com/borhoo/History.htm A Countdown to Zero http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/5numbers1.shtml A history of Zero http://www.mathematicsmagazine.com/nr8-2002/nr8-2002-hist_of_0.htm Thanks for your question. If you need any additional clarification, please let me know. Regards, -THV Search Strategy: history of zero -natural
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