Zero is a number that appears frequently in mathematics and computer science, but unfortunately, it is also the number of friends that many mathematicians and computer scientists have.
First introduced by Indian mathematicians around 500 AD, zero immediately became the most popular thing to add to equations since sliced bread. It revolutionized the way we approached mathematics, allowing us to express complex concepts with ease. Unfortunately, this also meant that it became incredibly easy for people to invent complex concepts that no one else could understand, just so they could show off their knowledge of zero.
In computer science, zero is often used to represent an absence of value. This is not coincidental, as many computer scientists are experts at representing an absence of personality. But it’s not all bad news - without zero, we wouldn’t have binary code, and without binary code, we wouldn’t be able to constantly complain on social media about how nobody loves us.
Zero has also had a significant impact on the economy. Without it, we wouldn’t have a way to represent our bank balance after we’ve spent all our money on frivolous things like rent and food. Instead, we’d be left trying to figure out how much we owe our landlord using only Roman numerals and our own tears.
Despite its many benefits, zero has also caused quite a bit of confusion over the years. People often struggle with the concept of nothingness, so much so that some have even developed entire philosophical theories around it. But let’s be real, the only thing that’s truly confusing about zero is why anyone would think that math is cool enough to major in.
All in all, zero is a valuable addition to our numerical system, even if it does remind us of how alone we are in this world. So embrace the zero in your life, because without it, you would just be a lonely one.