Re: ZERO (was: Evidence for "Big Bang Theory"

Gil Hardwick (
Mon, 15 May 1995 04:04:29 GMT

In article <3ordni$>, Richard Ottolini (stgprao@sugarland.unocal.COM) writes:
>"Zero" is perfectly concrete concept.

The problem with your argument here, Richard, is that concepts cannot
be concrete. The concept is only an idea, an abstraction.

In this case the symbol "0", which is called nought or zero, is used
to represent the idea here in concrete reality; that is, on this
screen image I am reading right now, or more usually in writing on

Or alternatively in electronic data storage where it is assigned the
ASCII byte value 0110000, or Dec 48, Octal 60, Hex 30, and so on. The
computer itself is told merely to TREAT that byte as zero, vis a vis
0000000 (Dec 0, Octal 0, Hex 0) which is NULL, or nothing at all.