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    A historical mathematical journey

    A revelatory perspective of the philosophy of mathematics in general and Zero in particular
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    Good book marred by incompetent coding

    Charles Seife has written an interesting account in overly breathless prose about the surprising hostility of traditional Western philosophy to the concept of zero. This is related to the hostility to the concept of the infinitesimal, which regrettably Seife seems to conflate with that of zero. This electronic edition is unforgivably badly coded. Whoever put it together has evidently never heard of Unicode or special HTML characters. Whenever the characters delta, sigma, infinity, pi, or integral appear in the text, you get a question mark instead! I’ve edited the text of my copy and there is no problem inserting the correct codes for these characters. Individuals less well acquainted with mathematics can’t tell what’s going on in, in particular, Chapter 5. Why did Penguin hire an incompetent to create an ebook on a mathematical topic?

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