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Review: Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book about nothing.


Zero, like infinity, is a difficult concept to fully grasp, and Seife does a great job of pointing out the many ways and reasons this is so. He explores the way Zero has influenced culture, religion, and politics, dropping scads of interesting trivia along the way. I will never think of Pythagoras the same way again, after reading this book.

The book has a tendency to get a little heavy on the math, which is really to be expected in a book about a number, I suppose. The examples in the book are fairly easy to follow and the book has a logical flow, but math phobics might want to look for a different read. I found myself reading it in small doses, so that I could take time to digest the ideas that were presented, and so, though it was a relatively thin book, it took me some time to finish. I’m glad I took the time.

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