# Interesting facts about zero in mathematics

## Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife

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## Importance of Zero's in Mathematics

There are none. For example, if John has zero hats, that means he does not have a hat at all. The idea of zero was first thought about in Babylon , India and in Central America at different times. Some places and countries did not know about a zero, which may have made it harder for those people to do mathematics. Over hundreds of years the idea of zero was passed from country to country. The Europeans learned about zero from the Arabs. Zero is almost never used as a place number ordinal number.

The symbol zero, in mathematics, is the representation of the absence of any magnitude or quantity. Zero is often equated with nothing, but that is not a good analogy. In a mathematical system, zero is the additive identity. It is a number that can be added to any given number to yield a sum equal to the given number. In the Hindi-Arabic numeration system, zero is used as a placeholder as well as a number. The number is distinguished from 25 by having a 0 in the tens place.

The number 0 fulfills a central role in mathematics as the additive identity of the integers , real numbers , and many other algebraic structures. As a digit, 0 is used as a placeholder in place value systems. Informal or slang terms for zero include zilch and zip. The Italian mathematician Fibonacci c. This became zefiro in Italian, and was then contracted to zero in Venetian. There are different words used for the number or concept of zero depending on the context.

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