The History Of Zero: Is Zero Actually A Number?

Numbers are a staple and necessity within our day-to-day existence. Whether we are counting out the right change to hand to the cashier, counting calories or calculating our rent for the week, most humans rely on numbers to get by in one way or another. 

In saying this, most of us have never been told where numbers came from and what their purpose is – especially when considering the number zero; is zero even a number? If so, what’s the point of having a number that adds up to nothing? 

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Science journalist for Cosmos with a Masters in Physics, Evrim Yazgin takes us on a journey through history to reveal where the number zero came from, what it’s purpose is and whether all cultures actually consider zero a number. 

Tune into the full episode of Huh? Science Explained below… 

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