The Bodleian Library of Oxford has housed the famous Bakhshali manuscript since 1902, and there has been speculation about just how old it is. It contains an early representation of the “0” as a dot–the same depiction of zero as found in k-127. We haven’t known just how old the Bakhshali and dating it is … More Oldest zero?
We sadly note the passing of cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who died yesterday at 76. We will miss his distinctive computer-aided voice, his passion for discover, his insatiable curiosity about our mysterious universe. Yes, the world is a little dimmer today, but what a legacy he left us: don’t be defeated by physical limitations, enjoy live, … More Stephen Hawking will be missed
Exciting news!! Solang Uk is now finalizing his translation of Finding Zero into Khmer. A wider audience will soon be able to read about the important role of Khmer culture–and K-127–in the history of mathematics. About the translator: Solang Uk, with his wife Beling Uk, translated the writings of the Chinese diplomat Zhou Daguan, from the original … More Solang Uk translates Finding Zero
K-127, the ancient stele containing the Khmer Zero, has now been beautifully installed in the Cambodian National Museum in Phnom Penh. The installation was supported by the Amir D. Aczel Foundation, thanks to your many generous contributions. We are grateful to Sathal Khun of the National Museum for overseeing the installation and providing photographs of the … More K-127 installed in Cambodian National Museum, Phnom Penh
Solang and Beling Uk have recently published a translation of the Zhou Daguan’s description of his visit to Angkor in 1296, Customs of Cambodia. Zhou Daguan was a Chinese traveler on a diplomatic mission. Today, his account survives as the only description of Angkor at that period. His depictions of life in the ancient Cambodian capital … More Customs of Cambodia – translation of Zhou Daguan’s visit to Angkor in 1296
SCIENCE ‘Finding Zero’: A Long Journey for Naught Books By AMIR ALEXANDER APRIL 20, 2015 Finding Zero: A Mathematician’s Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers. By Amir Aczel. Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 256 pages. $26. Credit Sonny Figueroa/The New York Times Most tourists who venture to the tiny town of Khajuraho in northern … More New York Times Review of Finding Zero, 4/20/2015
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