Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea - A Book Talk with Peter Wrampe

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Event Details

No other number can cause as much damage as it can.  No other number advanced economic growth as it did. Please join us for a virtual book talk by Wilton resident Peter Wrampe on Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

We will trace its emergence from Babylonian time, to its growth in the East, its subjugation in Greece to its non-emergence in Rome, to its banishment by the Church, and finally its ascendance in the West. We  will discuss the earliest counting systems (still used by some indigenous peoples) and how it morphed into our current system.  We will discuss how the fear of the “Big Bad Zero” choked the development of the West – especially science and economic development - by more than a millennium.

No charge. Online registration required to receive Zoom invitation link. Questions: email

Peter Wrampe, a longtime resident of Wilton, is currently an Adjunct Instructor in NYU’s Graduate School, focusing on Inferential Statistics as well as Finance for Marketing. Previously he taught International Business at Albertus Magnus University. Peter has more than 20 years of experience in launching entrepreneurial business development teams in Praxair’s regional companies to leverage application technologies into increased sales and market share in Asia, Europe and South America. He holds engineering degrees from NJ Institute of Technology and an MBA from Pace University.

Event Type(s): Online Event
Age Group(s): Adults

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