Amir Aczel Reads from Finding Zero

TUE, JAN 6, 2015 (57:55)

Mathematician, author and lecturer Amir Aczel reads from his new book, Finding Zero: A Mathematician’s Odyssey To Uncover The Origins Of Numbers, the result of Aczel’s relentless obsession to find the origins of numerals. Travel with him through history, examining glyphs of early Babylonian, Hindu, Arabic and finally Roman, ultimately leading him into the jungles of the far East. There he finds the earliest zero—the keystone of our entire system of numbers—on a crumbling, vine-covered wall of a seventh-century temple. (Photo: Debra Aczel) >> Hear Aczel’s interview with Eric Westervelt on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

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Amir D. Aczel is the author of numerous nonfiction books, including the international bestseller Fermat’s Last Theorem, which was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Award and has been translated into 22 languages. Aczel has appeared on more than 30 television programs, including nationwide appearances on the CBS Evening News, CNN, CNBC, and Nightline, and on more than a hundred and fifty radio programs, including NPR’s Weekend Edition and Morning Edition. Aczel is a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

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