Black dot on old Indian manuscript identified as first recorded use of zero symbol | The Japan Times

A black dot on a third-century Indian manuscript has been identified by Oxford University as the first recorded use of the mathematical symbol for zero, 500 years earlier than previously thought.“Scientists from the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, have used carbon dating to trace the figure’s origins to the famous ancient Indian scroll,” the university said in a statement.The birch bark scroll is known as the Bakhshali manuscript after the village, which is now in Pakistan, where it was found buried in 1881.It has been held at the Bodleian Libraries since 1902.

Source: Black dot on old Indian manuscript identified as first recorded use of zero symbol | The Japan Times

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One comment

  1. ianscyberspace · September 17

    Must do some research on that. when I learned the numbers in India the zero approximated how we would record in the West.. Thanks for the article.

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