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Signifying Nothing: Semiotics of Zero (Anglais) Broché – 15 juin 1987


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Countdown from zero 31 octobre 2001
Par Saul Boulschett - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
A delightful little book about the history of zero. But by no means is it a history of nothing. It tells the story of how the zero was invented in India (perhaps out of philosophic necessity demanded by Vedic cosmology), then traveled over to the Arab world, giving birth to al-gebra eventually, and later still, arriving in Europe in the very early dawn of the Renaissance. That much we know. Rotman goes on to discuss the havoc the little non-number that was so incomprehensible to the Romans(they didn't have a symbol for it) wreaked on the European world-view. Among its doings: The deconstruction of the flat planar pictorial representation of the Midle Ages into a proto-cyber 3-D optical illusion by way of the vanishing point, another manifestation of the zero, in pictorial terms. The zero is shown to have gone on to radically alter the concept of money, its management, generation, and financial exchange following the rise of paper money with lots of zero's on 'em. Something we now take for granted was not always that way and Rotman shows the roadblocks set up by the Hellenic-Roman-Christian cosmologies that prevented earlier appropriation of the concept in the western world.
"Nothing comes of Nothing!", cried King Lear.
Speaking of King Lear, he is invoked in the book as well as Montagigne, the Kabbalah, Vermeer's paintings, and Renaissance architectural perspectives.

In short, the zero and its manipulation is what made possible the rise of the West as the engine of modernity. The idea of Nothing, numerically represented as zero (invented to keep Infinitity company), is (or was) of course the sine qua non of the East. But in the West it was and still is, by and large a metaphysical albatross around the neck of many a thinker, despite their ability to manipulate it like nobody before them. How ironic that the zero is what made the possibility of total annihilation possible in our time.

This book, with its erudition-lite, allows you to think about how the Vedic origin of the zero might relate to the idea put forth by Sloterdyjk in his "Critique of Cynical Reason". Namely, that for the West, the nuclear missile in its silo is the Buddha -- in its infinite stillness, silence, acceptance of the inevitable, and self-negation. The bomb is the zero manifest awaiting its ecstasy to come on ground zero.
There are other books out there on the theme of zero but I think this one is most philosophically thought-provoking.
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great book 21 février 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
A clear explanation of the origins and concepts of zer
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