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The inscription was found in Gwalior, a city in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India, located 122 kilometers (76 miles) south of Agra, 423 kilometers (263 miles) north of Bhopal, and 400 kilometers (249 miles) south of Delhi, where they planted a garden 187 hastas by 270 hastas. 5 feet) is a traditional Indian unit of length, measured from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger. This garden would produce enough flowers to allow 50 garlands per day to be delivered to the local temple. Both of the numbers 270 and 50 are denoted almost as they appear today although the 0 is smaller and slightly raised.

The sum of zero and a negative number is negative. 2. The sum of zero and a positive number is positive. 3. The sum of zero and zero is zero. 40 Zero: A landmark discovery, the dreadful void, and the ultimate mind 4. The sum of a positive and a negative is their difference; or, if their absolute values are equal, zero. A positive or negative number when divided by zero is a fraction with the zero as denominator. 6. Zero divided by a negative or positive number is either zero or is expressed as a fraction with zero as numerator and the finite quantity as denominator.

In this quantity consisting of that which has zero for its divisor, there is no alteration, though many may be inserted 42 Zero: A landmark discovery, the dreadful void, and the ultimate mind or extracted; as no change takes place in the infinite and immutable God when worlds are created or destroyed, though numerous orders of beings are absorbed or put forth. So Bhaskara II tried to solve the problem by writing n/0 = ∞. At first sight we might be tempted to believe that Bhaskara has it correct, but of course he does not.

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