Number, Vision, Money

  • Brian Rotman
Part of the Language, Discourse, Society book series (LDS)


The mathematical sign we know as zero entered European consciousness with difficulty and incomprehension. It appears to have originated some 1300 years ago in central India as the distinguishing element in the now familiar Hindu system of numerals. From there it was actively transmitted and promulgated by Arab merchants; so that by the tenth century it was in widespread use throughout the Arab Mediterranean. Between the tenth and the thirteenth century the sign stayed within the confines of Arab culture, resisted by Christian Europe, and dismissed by those whose function it was to handle numbers as an incomprehensible and unnecessary symbol.


Thirteenth Century Roman Numeral Hindu Numeral Horizon Point Linear Perspective 
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© Brian Rotman 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Rotman
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  1. 1.LondonUK

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