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

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

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