Zero is such an incredibly abstract invention of the human mind that neither the Babylonions nor
the Greeks or Romans had any idea of it. (The Mayas and Chinese had some notion of zero
without really any rules of how to apply it properly). The first man to establish strict rules for the use of zero was
Brahmagupta (A.D. 598 - 660).
To understand the difficulty of zero consider how to define it: Zero cannot be defined as 'nothing' since adding 'nothing' to 'one' would not change the value from one to ten. An even stranger thing happens if we calculate with zero. Consider first 2x3=6. We can turn that around and divide 6:3=2.
Now let's use zero:
3x0=0. If we turn that around it reads 0:0= |