I'm as brain-dry as an August afternoon in Death Valley. I hate leaving dangling posts--even of Christmas decorations--at the top of my blog. (You people who have those dated tag things on your blog rolls have created a kind of "accountability" which is murder on someone going through bloggers block.Sooo, since I've got ZERO to write about, I thought I'd write about zeros.
I found some "stimulating reading" on the subject this morning. I know you'll wanna thank me later.
ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ZERO:
"With the advent of Arabic numerals (the forerunners of the standard numerals today), zero became a necessity, especially in a base-ten system where multiples of ten are denoted by the addition of a zero (this is the most common system in today's world). The number zero as a standalone entity truly became important with the advent of algebra, [LORD, deliver me!], for often times in solving an algebraic equation, the number zero becomes a crucial element by itself, while still retaining its basic meaning--the representation of nothing.
"In truth, the idea of zero doesn't seem quite so daunting until one truly attempts to wrap their brain around what it truly means, and why it is mathematically necessary. At that point it becomes a journey into the very heart and soul of mathematical philosophy."
Even "mathematically challenged" people like me realize that the zero is REALLY important these days with everything being digital, i.e. binary. Zeroid factoid: THERE WOULD BE NO D.V.R. WITHOUT THE ZERO!!!! The zero is my hero!
Where would we be without the zero? I shudder to think. Even God Himself occasionally writes the "number" in the heavens (as in this solar eclipse).
So, heck, I don't feel bad at all for a "nothing" post.
P.S. If you come from a culture where the top photo is offensive, I truly apologize.