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      BRAHMAGUPTA AND THE CONCEPT OF ZERO

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            This paper attempts to reconstruct the possible reasoning process that led the Indian mathematician Brahmagupta in 628 A.D. to the formulation of two controversial rules for arithmetic involving the number zero; rules which, contradict the modern arithmetic. This paper outlines a possible explanation of the issue based on similar reasoning.

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            ScienceOpen Preprints
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            17 August 2021
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            10.14293/S2199-1006.1.SOR-.PPDUA3G.v1
            5da05fb2-da88-49c3-a258-5dcd4c9dd5c4

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            Mathematics
            Brahmagupta, Babylonian counting system, Bakhshali manuscript,Brahmasphutasiddhanta treatise,The concept of zero,decimal number system,Indian/Hindu counting system,Sumerian counting system,Mohammed ibn-Musa al-Khowarizmi,Leonardo Fibonacci

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