# The Power of Nothing

The concept of zero is as fascinating as it is impossible. But is this elusive digit a product of the human mind?

Created by Tormod Guldvog
Last updated March 19 2004

It has s imple job, zero. All it needs to do is connect the positive and negative integers into one, straight line of numbers.

But while the integers stretch out into infinity, zero itself has properties which no other number can match. Zero is a troublemaker in the world of mathematics. But it has not always existed - the concept of zero was not born until only a few millennia ago.

Even today, children have problems grappling with the concept of nothing at all. Although mathematicians might cringe at the notion, there are philosophers who argue that zero is simply a construct of the human mind. There is nothing in the universe, they argue, that constitutes a physical representation of zero.

This hypography presents articles and websites that explain the power of nothing, and that shows how simple math problems become impossibe, hair-raising monsters when zero pops up.

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Hypography [n.]
A combination of "hyperlink" and "bibliography", i.e. a list of links to electronic resources related to any topic.