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Is zero a number?

Question #17808. Asked by Socrates. (Mar 31 02 3:32 AM)

Jeeves

My dictionary defines number as: 'A concept of quantity that is or can be derived from a single unit, the sum of a collection of units, or zero.' So, yes zero is a number.

 Mar 31 02, 11:52 AM
Fosse4

It's certainly a Binary Number as there's only 0 and 1

 Mar 31 02, 4:44 PM
Son of The Household Cavalry

In binary 0 is the absence of one. In all other systems it is the absence of numbers within that system. You try counting to zero. Zero is not a number

 Mar 31 02, 9:08 PM
Jeeves

SOHC, you've made me get the dictionary out again! Zero - the cardinal number between +1 and -1.

 Mar 31 02, 9:26 PM
fosse4

SOHC is a Roman they had no Zero. We've moved on since then

 Mar 31 02, 9:59 PM

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