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Zero is supposed to represent nothing. But as soon as you give nothing a name, it turns into something. Therefore zero is not nothing. Zero is something. Nothing is nothing. Get it?
Zero is the presence of an absence. A name without a referent that serves as a useful piece in any case. Great symbol, this number zero. It's an egg. It's a hole. It's a snake with its tail in its mouth.
The only other number that matters is 1. (Couldn't we do the same math exclusively
in binary code?)
This one is just a vertical line. Like the pronoun "I." Phallic. Like a simplified drawing of a man in the void.
Beckett wrote a book called Worstward Ho. First sentence: "On." On is the Greek word for Being it seems. (Correct me experts if I am wrong.)
1 & 0, Being and Nothingness, Male and Female, Vertical Axis versus Curvaceous Closure.
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It is false to say that zero is supposed to represent nothing.
Records show that the ancient Greeks
seemed unsure about the status of zero as a number. They asked themselves, "How can nothing be something?", leading to philosophical
and, by the Medieval period, religious arguments about the nature and existence of zero and the vacuum
. The paradoxes
of Zeno of Elea
depend in large part on the uncertain interpretation of zero.
The concept of zero as a number and not merely a symbol for separation is attributed to India where by the 9th century AD practical calculations were carried out using zero, which was treated like any other number, even in case of division.
The Indian scholar Pingala
(circa 5th-2nd century BC) used binary numbers
in the form of short and long syllables (the latter equal in length to two short syllables), making it similar to Morse code
He and his contemporary Indian scholars used the Sanskrit word śūnya
to refer to zero or void