posted on Oct, 8 2012 @ 06:27 PM
Mathematical 0 has various interpretations.
1) Place holder. E.g. in the number 1000 the zero's just mean this column is empty.
2) Number. E.g. 1-1=0. Could mean if you have one thing in a box and take it out then you get an empty box.
3) Nothingness. E.g. 1-1=0. Could mean if you destroy the one thing then you have nothingness in its place.
4) Limit. 0 is the limit as n gets larger and larger in 1/n.
5) Line. 0 is equidistant between -1 and 1 on the number line.
1) and 2) seem ok but 3) not so because nothingness appears undefinable.
If you could define nothingness then it would be something and not nothingness. Corollary: something must always exist physically since nothingness is
4) is not ok because you can never get to 0. So 0 as a limit is undefined. If it could be reached it would be nothingness so the same as case 3.
5) First you have to define -1 which seems a problem. It has no meaning in the physical world. Antiparticles do not anihilate to nothingness on
meeting they produce energy. Also, since 0 in this case can be approached by 1/n like case 4, then if it was definable here it would be nothingness
again so the same as case 3.
So it looks like 0 exists only in interpretations 1) and 2) where it is just a marker for an empty space or an empty column. Please note that an empty
space allows movement and so is not nothingness.
edit on 8-10-2012 by plexel because: (no reason given)