|An important part of this course consists of
reading through the book Zero - The Biography of a
This book puts the development of mathematics and physics into its
historical, social and technological context.
Read the book and write the
"content essays" - see dates and questions below.
What others think of Zero:
Zero - the Website
The MAA's opinion
The purpose of the assignment is:
i) To prove to me that you read and understood the chapters.
you include book details in your answers! Include page references like
ii) To have you express technical ideas clearly and persuasively.
Make sure you address the question in your mini-essay!
iii) Respond personally to the information - tell me what was
interesting to you and why.
|All essays must be between 500 and 700 words, in good paragraph
format, but concisely worded.|
|You must cite page numbers (or other sources) for all ideas and information
that are used in your answers, like this: [p62]|
|Your answers will be marked on a scale of 0-4
(x10 = 40) for Knowledge/Understanding [Ku] and Communication [C]|
|EXEMPLAR of a 'perfect paper" is here:
Project/Zero Assignment 1 - EXEMPLAR.pdf|
How to submit your work
|You must submit an electronic copy to our course on
|All due dates are "submit by" dates - you can always hand work in ahead of
|Late assignments are accepted, but with a 15% deduction.|
& Due Dates for 2018-2019
(But, really, why not get them
all submitted ASAP?? Tests and other assignments will be added in regardless
of these dates, so better to do it now!)
#1 - Chapters 0-2
|Due before 10:59 pm on Oct
|Summarize Chapters 0-2 in a couple of
paragraphs, then answer ONE of the following:|
A. What were some
of the problems with zero? What was its appeal?
B. Zeno's paradox is
sometimes hard to explain and understand. Explain it in your own words
and explain what it has to do with zero...
#2 - Chapters 3-4
|Due before 10:59 pm on Nov
|Summarize Chapters 3 & 4 in a couple
of paragraphs, then answer ONE of the following:|
C. Why was the East able to accept and work with infinities when Western culture
D. Once zero was accepted in the West it was rapidly put to use. How as
it used in the early renaissance? Why was this so important?
#3 - Chapters 5-6
|Due before 10:59 pm on Jan
|Summarize Chapters 5 & 6 in a couple
of paragraphs, then answer this question:|
E. Explain the Riemann Sphere, and then explain how it
solves many of the mystical properties of zero and infinity.
#4 - Chapters 7 - Infinity...
|Due before 10:59 pm on
|Summarize Chapters 7 - Infinity in a
couple of paragraphs, then answer ONE of the following:|
F. Explain the importance of any one of the "Physics of Zero"
topics in Chapters 7 - Infinity
G. What do the topics of these final chapters have to do with the
new Dark Matter and Dark Energy hypotheses?