The origin of zero

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It was only a place holder. The Mayan culture developed a symbol for the number zero, probably independently of the Babylonians, sometime later. So did the Hindu culture. The first records we have of the symbol we use for 0, is from Hindu writings from the late 9th century. There was no internet back then, but information still got around...
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Mostly by camelback, or foot, so it took awhile for 0 to migrate to Arab lands, (probably due to commerce). Eventually, about 400 years after South Asia and Asia Minor had been using 0 and inventing and discovering math concepts the we in the west couldn't even consider (because we were busy being "religiously enlightened" and culturally superior) 0 finally got to the civilized world...
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