Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Apropos of Nothing


I'd never given it much thought, but it turns out that development of the concept of nothing, or of a number representing nothing (zero), is considered to have been one of the most important events in human history, as discussed in an interesting article I read recently in VintageNews.com. Indeed, nothing is an absolutely vital concept, and yet it was rejected by religious leaders in medieval Europe as being evil, and a symbol of Satan.


I'm sure there's a televangelist out there somewhere who could explain why zero remains a symbol of evil in today's world, but there's more evidence of its importance in understanding current politics. Consider just a few of the many uses of nothing ...

It allows us to document the legislative achievements of Congress;

It lets us comprehend the ethical standards of the Trump administration;

It lets us explain strategic planning at the highest levels of the Trump administration;

And the availability of zero allows us to depict the size of the national debt ... as long as you pile up enough of them to the left of the decimal.

Where would we be without nothing?

Perhaps in rural Puerto Rico.

Have a good and mathematically sound day, safe in the knowledge that you have nothing to fall back on.

More thoughts tomorrow.

Bilbo

7 comments:

John Hill said...

I'd leave a comment, but I've got nothing...

eViL pOp TaRt said...

We need zero for soccer scores.

Dave Peterson said...

I started my life with nothing, and I still have most of it.

Deena said...

Zero is so satisfying until you try to divide it by some other number.

Mike said...

Zero is actually not a number but a placeholder. Sort of like trump until the next real president comes along.

allenwoodhaven said...

A vitally important concept in the development of the mind. Great post.

roth phallyka said...

I'd leave a comment, but I've got nothing...


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