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Scientists from Oxford University in England have that the written use of the zero is 500 years older than previously . The scientists carbon dating to the symbol's origins to a famous ancient Indian scroll the Bakhshali Manuscript. Scientists found the scroll back to the third century, which makes it the oldest script using the symbol. Before the carbon dating of the scroll, scientists the manuscript was created in the eighth century. It was in the village of Bakhshali in 1881. The zero symbol that we today evolved from a round dot frequently used in India. This symbol can be several times on the manuscript.

Marcus Du Santoy, a mathematics professor at Oxford University, the significance of the zero in our lives. He Britain's 'Guardian' newspaper that: "Today, we it for granted that the concept of zero is across the globe and is a key building block of the digital world. But the creation of zero as a number in its own right, which from the placeholder dot symbol in the Bakhshali manuscript, one of the greatest breakthroughs in the history of mathematics." Zero many names in English, including nought, nil (in football) and love (in tennis). It often said as "oh" in the context of telephone numbers. Informal or slang terms for zero nowt, nada, zilch and zip.

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