भारत और शून्य के मध्य संबंध के बारे में ऑक्सफोर्ड विश्वविधालय के विश्व प्रसिद्ध गणितज्ञ Marcus De Sutoy का कथन –
Being in India, I need to ask you, how important is zero to mathematics?
I think that’s a wonderful act of the imagination, and a really key moment. Whenever new numbers are admitted into the canon, it is a very exciting moment. It seems so obvious to us, now of course! First of all, it facilitates computation – in that sense you were not the first to come up with the zero. The Babylonians had a mark for zero, the Greeks and the Romans didn’t get it, but the Mayans had a symbol for zero, but what you had was your abstract idea of creating something to denote nothingness. The Indians were also the first to come up with the idea of negative numbers. I made a programme for BBC, about the history of mathematics called The Story of Maths and we came to India and explored the development of Brahmagupta’s negative numbers. It is interesting that it is all related to a more philosophical view of the world. In Europe, I think they were frightened of nothing or the void. But in the Indian cultural landscape, it was very acceptable to talk about the zero, to talk about the infinite… in 13th century Florence, the use of zero was banned, it was illegal!