Previously it was believed that the mathematical number “zero” for the first time
discovered on the wall of the Gwalior temple built in the Indian state
Madhya Pradesh in the IX century. And so the researchers at Oxford
the university has significantly “aged” this symbol.
Scientists turned to the Bakshali manuscript, which is stored
in the Bodlian library and which also has a mathematical
symbol “zero”. Using the method of radiocarbon dating,
the researchers determined that the manuscript was created no later than the 6th century,
that is, he is five hundred years old, at least older than
was attributed to him earlier. And so the symbol is “zero” and generally
оказался much older…
A new study of the Bakshali manuscript has been approved
the management and scientific council of the Bodlian library, where this
The ancient document has been kept since 1902. Manuscript was found in 1981
year in the open field on which the village of Bakshali later grew
(modern Pakistan) – hence the name. This is considered
scholars, some ancient Indian mathematical text inscribed
on seventy fragile bark sheets pages on which there are
characters that mathematicians interpreted as “zero”.
Previously, the Bakshali manuscript was considered a document created in
VIII – XII centuries. And now he was “aged” by almost five hundred.
years, thus proving that the mathematics of the ancient philosophers “zero”
was used much earlier than expected …