Finding Zero (Review)

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Personally, I consider mathematics to be a rather useful albeit, dry, intimidating field of study.  In public school, my grades in arithmetic and math were terrible.  I finally found a truce with the subject in college when I aced Algebra 101.  A few years ago, I started an independent study of Trigonometry that more or less, still continues.  To me, mathematics is difficult and requires a great deal of discipline for a follow-through.Zero-01jacket

That is why I was surprised to find an attractively packaged slim volume about mathematics on the new books shelf at the Norfolk (Nebraska) Public Library.  The dustcover of Finding Zero: A Mathematician’s Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers by Amir D. Aczel is reminiscent of Buddhist philosophy publications. The drawing of a right palm immediately made me think of a classic Mudra or gesture of the Lord Buddha.  The juxtaposition of the illustration with the…

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