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When people ask me, “what’s my favorite number”, I typically respond with the number, 0

This is the reply I usually get:

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But the reality is, it is one of the most intriguing numbers that I feel to date, merely due to the lack of reasoning for its existence and history.

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But hold on, let me explain myself.

The number zero was introduced into the Arabic Numeral System (1, 2, 3, 4, math, math, etc) as a place-holder to represent numbers beyond one digit. However, people were slow to grasp the idea of this number. In fact, some cultures believed this to be rather demonic or spiritual, and in ways it is. Think about it. Zero is the average of -1, and 1. This is what is known as a full zer0, so don’t think of zero as a place holder for a larger number. Moreover, if you were to divide ANYthing by zero, it wouldn’t make sense, as how would you divide nothing into equal parts. Nowaday’s when mathematicians run into the number zero, they just mark it as UNDEFINED when dividing by it, as there is no logical explanation. So in ways, you can think of zero as a number, which in theory represents nothing, but actually represents infinity, due to our lack of understanding of it. In fact, humans don’t even know when and where the number zero was invented. Some people believe it was invented between 400-500BC, whilst others believe it was invented 4000-5000 years old. The fact is, we know NOTHING ABOUT IT! This is why I love the number zero, for the fact that it brings so much confusion and curiosity to the world. In fact, when you look at zero, you start to look at other numbers. Are numbers an actual thing, or are they a mere concept? Think of it this way. You have never seen 3, have you? Maybe you have seen 3 sticks, boxes, etc but you have never seen 3. The same is with zero, or negative numbers, you have never seen a negative amount of something, or it itself. So in reality, are numbers real, or are they a concept, if they aren’t even there? Do they even exists?

So the next time someone asks you why you love zero, just tell them to split it in half.

~Dhruv Srinivasan

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