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Why write a book about nothing, nada, zilch? Well if you thought zero meant just nothing then you need to rethink. The power of Zero became explained in laymen’s terms in Charles Seife book Zero: A Dangerous Idea.  He states zero is infinity’s twin. So in a zero you have the secular and the mystical rolled up into one. A Cartesian coordinate system visibly shows that. The power of zero threatens to undermine physics if you do not manage the equations carefully. Zero breaks law every time because it can shatter logic. Waywardly divide by zero and you destroy the number line and logic. It will not follow the rules ( chaos). Zero has no value but it holds a place just like in my book Ways to Say Zero Zero is a digit but not a number it has no quantity but it becomes classified as an even number. The riddle me this number…an imp from the beginning of time. Do you see how even talking or discussing the digit zero starts shaking the foundation of mathematics. It points out all the inconsistency.  Children always question teachers about zero and the questions are quickly dismissed because no one has a definitive answer about zero except God.

Mystical

In religion the nothing to something battle became Genesis In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. … And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.  God won  or 1. In the prior century we have created a cyber world based on 0 and 1. It took us that long to follow what God did. So in every computer program its origin is the conflict of which digit will win 0 or 1. The Big Bang all over again, and again, and again. Have you ever noticed the symbol used to let you know that the Internet browser is searching is a zero with a spinning rim. Most of the time you receive your web page just like God gives you grace. So we witness the first event in our universe the moment we turn on our computers. God wins over and over and over again and even gives us free stuff. The man who made the code that made the Internet possible Tim Berners Lee in 1989 gave it away and we all won globally.

Excerpt from the World Wide Web Consortium

On 4 April 2017, Sir Tim was awarded the ACM A.M. Turing Prize for inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the Web to scale. The Turing Prize, called the “Nobel Prize of Computing” is considered one of the most prestigious awards in Computer Science.

Others

Bill Gates played with 0 and 1 so much he made strings of it. He put the strings in an order instead of trying to make an individual 0 do order. From that we got Microsoft, web browsers, and software.

Chaos

You cannot make zero behave. You cannot make zero make order all it will ever do is hold a place. Zero remains forever a paradox that people just have to accept and deal with. It is part of the universe and no progress becomes made till you do. As my electrical engineer son tells me a little chaos is to be expected. If it is not there a lie exists. It must be there. Engineers know how to handle chaos.

Children

How do you get the idea of zero over to children? You have to use language. You have to use pictures. Zero has a personality unlike other digits. It has to be part of their world. Children know all about chaos. It is one of their friends they play with.  They never understand why the adults are afraid of chaos. In their worlds it is friendly because it has no contempt. What they do not know is when you become an adult you acquire contempt and chaos destroys civilizations. Adults do that not children.