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Civis Illustris
Romans didn't seem to have a term for the number 'zero', at least not for the purpose of mathmatics.
Does anyone know if a mathmatical term for zero was introduced into Latin at some point?
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
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Nihil was, I think, but I don't have any attestation on hand right now.
 

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Civis Illustris
This video gives some information on the history of zero:

It says that the concept came from Hindu and entered Europe via North Africa, i.e. via the Arabs.
However, as it entered Europe at the time of the Crusades and was attributed to the Arabs, it was considered a work of the devil. (Around 2:00)
 

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Civis Illustris
This video shows some problems around the number zero:

 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
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Laurentius

Man of Culture
This video gives some information on the history of zero:

It says that the concept came from Hindu and entered Europe via North Africa, i.e. via the Arabs.
However, as it entered Europe at the time of the Crusades and was attributed to the Arabs, it was considered a work of the devil. (Around 2:00)
So the Devil did nothing.
 

LCF

a.k.a. Lucifer
Found this zero in one of the translations of Newton:

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Lemma XVI.

A datis tribus punctis ad quartum non datum inflectere tres rectas quarum differentiæ vel dantur vel nullæ sunt.
 

Issacus Divus

H₃rḗǵs h₁n̥dʰéri diwsú
Yes, zero is "Hindu-Arabic".
 
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