Math is a subject that is seen as one of the most important subjects worldwide and is assimilated to people that our smart, bright, and acute maybe even geniuses. But for me the subject is assimilated with hours of frustration, confusion and discouragement. My brain just doesn't feel fulfilled or excited to start with one number and end with one same answer that is just an other number that everyone else is going to get. Even the calculator or computer but in a more efficient way. It doesn't thrill me to know now that this number becomes this other number if I rotate this, flip this, exchange this and replace this, good to know I guess ??! This little speech probably already tells you what many already know that I'm terrible at math, which actually makes me really familiar with one thing in math the number zero.
Humanity's discovery of zero was a total game changer equivalent to us learning language say many scientist. For the vast majority of our history, humans did not understand the number zero. It's not innate in us. We had to invent it. And we have to keep teaching it to the next generation. The Babylonian vague concept of zero may have travelled all the way to India, where the idea of zero was developed into a numeral. In ancient India, mathematics was mainly linked with astronomy and was used to express philosophical ideas. The mathematical zero may have arisen from the contemporaneous philosophy of emptiness or Shunyata which is a Buddhist concept which has multiple meanings depending on its context it is either an ontological feature of reality or meditative state.