Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit dates the world’s oldest recorded origin of the zero symbol

14-09-2017 by Robyn Mason

In collaboration with the Bodleian Library, the School of Archaeology’s Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit recently carbon dated the Bakhshali manuscript, an ancient Indian mathematical text. One folio in the manuscript was dated to the 3rd-4th Century CE making it the world’s oldest recorded origin of the zero symbol that we use today.

http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodley/news/2017/sep-14

https://youtu.be/pV_gXGTuWxY

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/14/much-ado-about-nothing-ancient-indian-text-contains-earliest-zero-symbol

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