lliira: (Callisto1)
[personal profile] lliira
Just saw an article saying the concept of zero is younger than Jesus Christ. Said article also said Aristotle didn't believe in zero. The first, I could roll my eyes at and figure she'd been misinformed. The first paired with the second -- no. Also, this article is by someone attempting to be extremely deep. She Informs the Reader about Dante and Galileo later in the piece. (You know what I mean by Informs the Reader: it's opposed to Sharing With the Reader.)

I have no idea if Aristotle believed in zero, and I do not trust the internet to tell me the truth about this. I do believe, however, that I have just reached my limit. It's been coming for a long time, but now it's very much here. I am tired of trying to bail out the sea with a teaspoon. Maybe this is what middle age is. 

Date: 2015-09-11 10:16 am (UTC)
madgastronomer: (Default)
From: [personal profile] madgastronomer
The concept of zero as a number, as opposed to an absence of one or a placeholder, is indeed younger than Jesus. It was created by an Indian mathematician, Brahmagupta, in the 9th century CE. Which means Aristotle never heard of it, and so could not have believed in it.

Date: 2015-09-11 10:18 am (UTC)
madgastronomer: (Default)
From: [personal profile] madgastronomer
Which is, of course, not relevant to your real point. But there it is, in case you're curious.

Excuse me, please, I'm stressed out, tired, and medicated, and it makes me overly literal and has me focusing on the wrong things.

Date: 2015-09-11 09:09 pm (UTC)
madgastronomer: (Default)
From: [personal profile] madgastronomer
But... why would you call the philosophical notion of nothingness "zero"? At least in English? Zero is the mathematical idea. That... seems to be just begging for confusion to happen. Just like apparently this author did. Because the philosophical nothing is old, but the mathematical zero is significantly more recent. Using the same term for the two of them gets you inanities like in this paper. AUGH!

Date: 2015-09-11 02:12 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Maybe burnout?

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