Should JWs use Zeros?/Garden of Eden

by badboy 2 Replies latest jw friends

  • badboy

    I understand they are of Bablyonish origin!

    same article about Iraq said that Legend says that Al Qrnah is site of garden of Eden!

  • Larry

    Interesting - I was just reading a book entitled "Zero The Biography of a Dangerous Idea" by Charles Seife. Yes the most advanced way of writing numbers in the ancient world was the Babylonian style of counting, and thanks to this style zero finally appeared in the East, in the Fertile Crescent of present day Iraq.

    Here's some interesting quotes from the book -

    "The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshipped it, and the Christian Church used it to fend off heretics. Today it's a timebomb ticking in the heart of astrophysics.

    "In the history of culture the discovery of zero will always stand out as one of the greatest single achievements of the human race" - Tobias Danzig.

    "Zero's absence would stunt the growth of mathematics, stifle innovation in science, and incidentally, make a mess of the calendar."

    "The infinite and the void had powers that frightened the Greeks."

    "Except for the Mayans, nobody else had a year zero or started a month with day zero."

    "Before Arabic numerals came around, money counters had to make do with an abacus or a counting board. The German called the counting board a Rechenbank, which is why we call moneylenders banks."

    "Filippo Brunelleschi, who first demonstrated the power of an infinite zero: he created a realistic painting by using a vanishing point."

    "Zero had transformed the art world."

    Peace - LL

  • joenobody

    JWs already have an aversion to zeroes. Imagine the reaction if you submitted a service report like this:

    Hours: 0

    Magazines: 0

    RVs: 0

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