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pjbrunet · 2015-11-04 · Original thread
Yes, as far as numbers go, there's not much ambiguity, unless it's ambiguous math on purpose, like a postulate. Which reminds me, years ago I read an entire book about zero and the evolution of numbers. I think it was the part about clay tablets made an impression. If we had eight fingers, would we do octal calculations? Hehe. Anyway, thanks for the reply. For the record, I wasn't meaning to imply science is super ambiguous.
jerryr · 2012-12-02 · Original thread
I enjoyed these books on the history of that question:

Charles Seife's "Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea" (

Robert Kaplan's "The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero" (

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