From zero to infinity, The Book of Numbers is a handy-sized volume which opens up a new realm of knowledge. Where else in one place could you find out how the illegal numbers racket worked, what makes some people see numbers as colours, why the standard US rail gauge exactly matches the axle width of an ancient Roman chariot, and the numerological connection between Adolf Hitler and Osama Bin Laden?
recognize 0 as a number. The people who mastered geometry and calculated pi were baffled by 0. As were the Romans. In India, where the number system we use today originated, the Hindus had some concept of it as a part of bigger numbers like 10 and 100, where it serves as a place-holder to show that the figure 1 represents 10s or 100s rather