Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Missing Zero

Did you know that the concept of a zero place value did not get introduced to the West until around the 12th century?

That is why, for example, the Bible tells us Jesus was in the tomb for 3 days.  

Good Friday is Day 1, Saturday is Day 2, Easter Sunday is Day 3.  

In today's day in age, we would have counted Saturday as Day 1 because we use a zero place value for the current day.

I know, I know, "Thanks for 'nothing', Michael."

God Bless.


Victor S E Moubarak said...

I always wondered about Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday.

Now my complicated mind thinks a complicated question. Did Methusela not live as long as is claimed because of the lack of Zeros? So year 10 was missed when counting, and so was year 20, 30, and so on?

God bless.

Daily Grace said...

Thanks Michael.