Zero: the history of an unappreciated number

31 Mar ‘16
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7.00PM - 8.00PM
Speaker: Dr Anthony O'Hare

Venue: Lecture Theatre B4, Cottrell Building, University of Stirling

I will outline the history of zero, from its invention by the Babylonians to being banned by the Greeks, worshipped by the Hindus and used by the Christian church to fend off heretics. Zero has had a turbulent and sometimes bloody history that causes trouble for us today. (Remember the millennium bug?) This mysterious number has frustrated the thinking of the most celebrated philosophers throughout the centuries, shaking the foundations of philosophy, science, religion and mathematics, and I hope to explain the problems (and usefulness) of this extraordinary and often overlooked number.

This lecture is part of the A Random Walk through Mathematics and Computing Science series of public lectures organised by Computing Science and Mathematics, University of Stirling. 

Further details are available here http://www.maths.stir.ac.uk/lectures/

RSVP: All welcome. No need to book a place in advance.

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