[INDOLOGY] Mathematical Treasure: The Cambodian Zero

Andrea Acri andrea.acri at ephe.sorbonne.fr
Wed Jun 21 00:43:36 EDT 2017


The zero (annotated as a dot or small circle in the tens position) is also used in three Sriwijayan inscriptions from Sumatra from the same time (605–608 shaka / 682–687 CE). This is 2 centuries earlier than the "Gwalior zero". See:

SRIWIJAYA AND THE FIRST ZEROS
Anthony Diller
Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, Vol. 68, No. 1 (268) (1995), pp. 53-66
http://www.jstor.org/stable/41493264

NEW ZEROS AND OLD KHMER
Anthony Diller
Mon-Khmer Studies 25, 1996, pp. 125-132
http://sealang.net/sala/archives/pdf8/diller1996new.pdf

À PROPOS DE L'ORIGINE DES CHIFFRES ARABES
G. Cœdès
BSOAS 6/2, 1931, pp. 323-328
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0041977X00092806


Andrea Acri

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> On 21 Jun 2017, at 04:32, Dominik Wujastyk via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
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> Here is a nice presentation of the evidence:
> 
> Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: The Cambodian Zero," Convergence (October 2015) - See more at: http://www.maa.org/press/periodicals/convergence/mathematical-treasure-the-cambodian-zero#sthash.8llx0OXX.dpuf
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