Friday, February 3, 2017

If you look at zero you see nothing; but look through it and you will see the world.


Names belong to things, but zero belongs to nothing. It counts the totality of what isn’t there. By this reasoning it must be everywhere with regard to this and that: with regard, for instance, to the number of humming-birds in that bowl with seven — or now six — apples. Then what does zero name?

–Robert Kaplan
via Maria Popova


from a fascinating review at

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