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Who invented ZERO?

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We use zero all the time and it has great significance in our lives. Here’s an example:

Teacher: How much homework do you

Students: ZERO! 😁

Even in ancient times:

Villager: How many boars did you

Hunter: ZERO. 😭

It’s going to be bark and berries for dinner tonight.

But who invented it and why does it matter?

To answer the latter first: because inventors deserve the credit.

The answer to the question of who invented ZERO is that the idea was conceived of independently in many parts of the world, but if you have to hone it down to one: it was the Hindu astronomer
and mathematician Brahmagupta in 628 A.D.

First, it had a journey to embark from its inception as Sumerian twin angled placeholders 4,000-5,000 years ago to Babylonian placeholders around 300 B.C.

600 years later in a land faraway, the Mayans independently developed zero as a placeholder in their calendar around 350 A.D., showing great minds really do think alike.

Then, in India around 458 A.D., zero emerged from a bridge between philosophy and mathematics. The Buddhist concept of nothingness melded with numbers. In 628 B.C., Brahmagupta developed a symbol for zero: a dot underneath numbers, and the rest is history etched in
ancient stones.

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