Discovery of Zero

The invention of zero is perhaps the most abstract of all the human philosophies. Yet, it is not altogether incorrect to say that the actual invention or the theory of zero is truly revolutionary in mathematics. Zero is a very powerful symbol for the philosophy of not having anything and giving up everything. It gives rise to the very ability for an average person to understand mathematics in such a way that a mathematical equation can be easily understood by anyone.


For this reason, the invention of numerical zero has provided the foundation or the starting point for numerous branches of mathematics, namely integral calculus, finite and infinite algebra and also differential calculus. In addition to all this, many scientists, including John clockmaker, Albert Einstein, and Otto Stern have used the theory of numerical zero to help them create better ways of computing phenomena such as the laws of relativity. Also, in recent times, computers and microchips have made significant use of numerical methods as well. This simply means that the invention of zero has opened up a new era in the history of mathematics, namely the Era of Computational Mathematics. Also, in the field of computer science, the use of numerical analysis has paved the way for digital computer generated solutions to many calculus problems.

Numerical analysis, however, is not the only application of the zero concept. The real innovation of the number zero has seen the application of its concept to the natural world as well. Some examples of this include the discovery of the annual number, the phenomenon of Fibonacci numbers, and the Beknown numbers.