The concept of zero first appeared in A.D. 976. The Persian encyclopedist Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Khwarizmi observed that if no number appeared in the tens place, then an empty circle represented a placeholder. However, the mathematician Fibonacci is generally recognized as the inventor of the number zero.
Continue ReadingBoth the concept of zero and the number itself have had a myriad of origins. First introduced as a placeholder, zero itself came to be used as a number over time.
The exact etymology of zero is disputed by various languages with possible influences including the French "z��ro," the Venetian "zero" and the Italian "zefiro." Linguists tend to agree that the progenitor of the term zero originates from the Arabic "safira," which means, "It was empty."
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