Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Charles Seife
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Essay Topic 1

Describe the USS Yorktown and its computer crash in 1997 as examined in Chapter 0, “Null and Void.” What program was the ship a test-bed for in the U.S. Navy? What caused the crash? How was the problem approached?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the origins, history, and evolution of mathematics in ancient Egypt. How was geometry developed in Egypt? How did the Egyptians use mathematics in the creation of the pyramids? How did the Nile relate to their use of mathematics?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the origins, development, and contributions of Babylonian mathematics. How did the Babylonian numeral system differ from that of the ancient Egyptians? Where has most of our information of Babylonian mathematics been derived?

Essay Topic 4

Describe and discuss the origins and developments of mathematics in Mayan culture. What was the base of the Mayan numeral system? How did this system compare with that of the...

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