“The Knowledge Library”

Knowledge for All, without Barriers…

An Initiative by: Kausik Chakraborty.

“The Knowledge Library”

Knowledge for All, without Barriers……….
An Initiative by: Kausik Chakraborty.

The Knowledge Library


The concept of zero, as a numerical digit representing the absence of quantity or value, is believed to have originated independently in different civilizations throughout history. However, the invention and formalization of the number zero as a mathematical concept are often attributed to ancient Indian mathematicians.

One of the earliest known uses of zero as a placeholder in positional numeral systems dates back to the ancient Indian mathematician Brahmagupta in the 7th century CE. Brahmagupta’s work “Brahmasphutasiddhanta” introduced the rules for arithmetic operations with zero, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

The Indian numeral system, which included the digit zero, was transmitted to the Islamic world through trade and scholarship, where it became known as the Arabic numeral system. Islamic mathematicians further developed the concept of zero and contributed to its widespread adoption in mathematics and science.

The introduction of zero revolutionized mathematics and paved the way for the development of algebra, calculus, and other branches of mathematics. Zero serves as the foundation for the positional numeral system used in modern mathematics and plays a fundamental role in arithmetic, algebraic equations, and advanced mathematical concepts.

While the concept of zero was independently discovered and utilized by various cultures, its formalization and integration into mathematical systems by ancient Indian and Islamic mathematicians are significant contributions to the history of mathematics.

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