Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Big thanks to author Amir Aczel for including my small part in his search to uncover the origins of numbers, in his recently released book, Finding Zero (publishers: palgrave macmillan: 242 pages). He even added a photo. Amir has written a riveting account of his search for the origin of numerals but it's the search for the earliest recorded zero that brought him to Cambodia and our meeting, which he records in detail. As for the earliest zero - it was on a stone inscription from an Angkorian temple that Amir finally tracked down to the Angkor Conservation office in Siem Reap. You might say he's the Indiana Jones of mathematics. You can get a copy of Finding Zero at Monument Books, of course.