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Zero The Spiritual Number

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Item Code: NBZ669
Author: Gokulananda Das
Publisher: National Paperbacks, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2019
ISBN: 9789388658454
Pages: 204
Other Details 9.00 X 6.00 inch
Weight 390 gm
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Book Description
About the Book
The present book is more an outcome of author's internalisation of vastness in Zero than its emptiness. To give the taste of this vastness to the readers, Professor Das has forayed into the areas, which are difficult for a stand- alone mathematician to tread.

The author enjoys looking beyond the numbers and sharing his perceptions with others. The number Zero has always fascinated him, as he could perceive in it the physical and metaphysical content equally relevant for evolution of human civilization.

The author seeks to drive home the point, by this Endeavour, that there should prevail the universal brotherhood of man on the planet, at least in the pursuit of Science and Mathematics.

About the Author
Professor Gokulananda Das is a professional mathematician with a difference.

Professor Das, in his four decades old career in teaching, has served the institutions like, G.M. College, Jabalpur, Delhi University, Jabalpur University and Utkal University, finally culminating in holding the rein of administration as the Vice Chancellor of Utkal University from 1998 to 2001.

Professor Das has authored several books, text books as well as popular books in mathematics besides writing articles in vernacular language, Odia, for the benefit of the linguistic community to which he belongs.

It is a providential opportunity for me to write a foreword to a book which traces the origins of the discovery of 'Zero' to spiritualism as against materialism. The reading of the book in pre- print has also given me an opportunity to know about the deep insight of the author, Professor Gokulananda Das into the inherent principles underlying spiritualism and mathematics which was once called natural philosophy.

As a professional colleague working in a corner of mathematics, I had known him as one of the greatest classical analysts of our times. But I was not aware of his deep philosophical insight relating to the origin of mathematics. I had once requested him to give a lecture on 'Zero', having come to know about his thinking on the subject. I was not, however, aware of his writing on the subject, a series of articles in the native language and more so his pondering on the subject for quite some years now. My relevance to this book is, perhaps, my having been influenced to take interest in the history of Indian mathematics by my mentor, the late c.T. Raja opal, who exposed the discovery of infinite series, is at least limited to the sine, cosine and arc tan functions. He further traced the derivation of the arc tan series to a performer of a Vedic sacrifice looking at the circular roof-top of his yajnasala and the rafters therein.

Professor Das has a similar insight in tracing the origin of 'Zero' as nothingness, sunya, and infinitesimal, suksbme, to Vedic aphorisms. Though Professor Das does not claim having proved that the concept of 'Zero' should have arisen from the Vedic civilization, his thesis that only this civilization could have contributed to the concept is irrefutable.

The book is written in a free-flowing style and will certainly Provide very interesting material to specialists and non-specialists alike in mathematics and philosophy.

Guru Brembe, Guru Vishnu, Guru Deva Mebeswet; Guru Sakshat Param Bremhe, Tasmai Sri Gurabe Namah Creator is a Teacher, Preserver is a Teacher, Destroyer is a Teacher,Teacher is like a Supreme Teacher. I Bou to Thee. Every concept once invented appears to be simple. Zero is one such concept. We are now so familiar with the use of Zero in Mathematics, Computer Science, all other sciences, in humanities, and in our day-to-day life that it appears we cannot manage our affairs without Zero. It has become an entity like air, water and food. Zero, now colourless, was once shrouded in the tycoon of mystery. Between the invention of our first number one and invention of Zero there lies thousand years of human history. Why then the invention of Zero was delayed for so long? Why the Place Value System and Zero escaped not only the genius of Archimedes and Apollonius but also escaped the attention of great thinkers of ancient civilization of Babylon, Greece, Egypt, Rome, Maya and China? Also why, how, when and where it originated and was nurtured and developed to make mathematics and all other sciences rich and useful? This is precisely the objective of taking up this project. An attempt has been made to answer these questions by digging out from the unfathomable depth of spiritual and cultural milieu of India's past, that had been buried under the alien influence, supersites practices and blind belief. The most unfortunate thing is that many of the elite Indians believe what the colonial historians have said about India. It took considerable time to believe that Zero was invented in India. Therefore, we have to demonstrate that ancient Indians have that kind of academic excellence, computational competence and spiritual strength to support the germination of the concept of Zero. We have explained how the conceptualizations of numbers one, two, three, etc., through a process of abstraction and glorification from the womb of materialism led to the invention of these numbers. That is why we call these as materialistic numbers.

We have, in the same vein, vindicated that discoveries of void and its glorification, ~hich is characterized by spiritualism, must have provided a fertile womb for the birth of number Zero. We, therefore, term Zero as the spiritual number. This is done with a view to impress upon the readers, not acquainted with India's past, that there was then no other void-friendly cultural environment more appropriate for the germination of Zero. Without appreciating the salient features of this part of Indian philosophy and spiritualism, it is not easy to grasp the process of evolution of Zero, which it has passed through.

A grand synthesis of spiritualism and materialism, in the history of human civilization, is an epoch-making event, and a paradigm shift to shape the outlook of human kind for the better. Only the harmonious blending of spiritualism and materialism, of void with non-void, leads us to an exalted way of living. It allows us to live and let live. Whenever there are instances of materialism corning in contradiction to spiritualism, it is found that materialism fails to deliver the goods.

An epoch-making synthesis of materialistic numbers and the spiritual number is embodied in the development of Place Value System with Zero (PVSZ), which is the best available method to express very small and very large numbers easily.

There are many occasions when West confronts East. One such occasion is when Aristotelian ideas on bivalent logic confront with Buddhist's ideas of fuzzy logic or the logic of multivalence invented about 300 years before Aristotle. The second occasion is when Indian concept of Zero and Place Value System tried its entry to the Western world in spite of initial resistance. The third occasion is when Eastern spiritualism came in conflict with Western materialism.

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