The Millenium!

Priscilla M. Burrage

Message 11818 · 27 Apr 1998 01:50:05 · Variable-width font · Whole thread

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On Mon, 27 Apr 1998, Katharine Hoskyn wrote:

> Richard Walker wrote:
>
> > Just a caution. The Millennium starts in 2001.
> (Centuries go from 1 to 100 not 0 to 99.)
>
We find ourselves with this problem because the Greco-Roman counting
system didn't include a zero.

Or as I used to say to my coworker, named De Metropolis, the Greeks didn't
know anything about nuthin'. . .

The concept of zero was invented by the Phonecians and named 'zero' by the
Arabs. Sorry, but I don't know when Europeans accepted zero as a number.

Should we have a dance for zeros?
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