Zero is Nothing AND Everything

"Nothing from nothing leaves nothing." As common place as the idea is, zero is truly an amazing concept. It has qualities no other number possesses. In terms of what it represents and how it fits together with everything else, it has a lot of the qualities that people attribute to God.

The number zero that we are accustomed to, came into existence rather late, around 200 A.D. (centuries after the great Classical Greek Period, which can arguably be called the origin of the modern mathematics). The number zero as we know it was conceived by the Hindus from India. The Hindus were the first to recognize a mathematical representation of concept of no quantity. It had not occurred to earlier civilizations, even to the Greeks, that it would be useful to have a number which represents the absence of any objects.

Zero has long been philosophized about because the nature of nothing, or no-thing, is paradoxical in nature. Just as the nature of a Higher Power, zero is everywhere and no where at the same time. Here are some of the rules for how zero is used mathematically. Notice the same can be said for Consciousness.
  • The sum of zero and a negative number is negative.
  • The sum of zero and a positive number is positive.
  • The sum of zero and zero is zero.
  • The sum of a positive and a negative is their difference; or, if they are equal, zero.
  • A positive or negative number when divided by zero is a fraction with the zero as denominator.
  • Zero divided by a negative or positive number is either zero or is expressed as a fraction with zero as numerator and the finite quantity as denominator.
  • Zero divided by zero is zero.
Zero is neither negative or positive, or it is both. Zero is at the center of infinity. Zero has always been, is right now, and always will be. It is always there added or subtracted from anything that you see. The most important numeric value to mankind has no numeric value.

For more on this and similar concepts, read What Is Really Good? and stay tuned!


Ta-Wan said...

Very good.

I've had plenty of fun considering zero, great number, the best, all the rest leave so much out but 0 is so inclusive. .

The Rambling Taoist said...

When you began your post with "Nothing from nothing leaves nothing," I thought your subject matter was going to be an ode to the 70s singer Billy Preston (who had a hit song by that title)! :)

To be honest, I have never thought of zero in terms of the way you presented it. You've given me something to ponder tonight.

C. Om said...

I feel you.

If motion was described mathematically, stillness would be zero. If sound was described mathematically, zero would be silence. You get the idea. Zero is all powerful and non existent simultaneously! It's pretty funny. :-)

@The Rambling Taoist
Glad to bring fresh perspective. :-)
(Billy Preston LOL)