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  • The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
  • By: Charles Seife
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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By: Charles Seife
Narrated by: Bob Souer
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Summary

The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshiped it, and the Church used it to fend off heretics. Now it threatens the foundations of modern physics. For centuries the power of zero savored of the demonic; once harnessed, it became the most important tool in mathematics. For zero, infinity's twin, is not like other numbers. It is both nothing and everything.

In Zero, science journalist Charles Seife follows this innocent-looking number from its birth as an Eastern philosophical concept to its struggle for acceptance in Europe, its rise and transcendence in the West, and its ever-present threat to modern physics. Here are the legendary thinkers - from Pythagoras to Newton to Heisenberg, from the Kabbalists to today's astrophysicists - who have tried to understand it and whose clashes shook the foundations of philosophy, science, mathematics, and religion. Zero has pitted East against West and faith against reason, and its intransigence persists in the dark core of a black hole and the brilliant flash of the big bang. Today, zero lies at the heart of one of the biggest scientific controversies of all time: the quest for a theory of everything.

©2000 Charles Seife (P)2020 Tantor

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Enjoyed the interlinked stories of zero '0'

Enjoyed the interlinked stories stemming from the introduction of zero '0'. Specifically those from ancient societies, and their quests towards a paradigm shift of brought by a 'zero' revolution that re-writes the history.

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  • Samvir Tamadurgam
  • 26-07-21

Wonderful book!

A walk through the history of mathematics and physics following the threads of zero and infinity.

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  • Book Reader
  • 16-09-22

The nature of the universe per math. Logic, science

I need to read and listen to this story about zero again and again. Fascinating and beautiful.
Narrator Mr. Souer was absolutely marvelous!

Please. recommend other books read by him.

The book about ZERO is truly fascinating.
Thank you!

Bárbara ☮️😊❤️

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  • Randy Fischer
  • 25-08-22

math

i really enjoyed the history associated with zero and infinity. my ears glazed over a bit when listening to the equations read, but that was a small part of it all,

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-08-22

Zero, a great read

So if your looking for a cheerful book about a number over coming the odds to the accepted into the realms of math.. this book isn’t for you. This book touches on topics from Pythagorean, to string theory. Did I expect to hear about black holes when l picked this up? No! Did I enjoy this read? Very much so

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  • wayne kurtz
  • 25-06-22

Overall disappointing.

It was a struggle to finish this book. A shame because it started so strongly.