Invention of Zero now 'officially belongs to Pakistan'

BBC News reports:

Carbon dating shows an ancient Indian manuscript has the earliest recorded origin of the zero symbol. The Bakhsahli manuscript, now stored at Oxford, England has now been found to date from the 3rd or 4th Century. It means the document, held in Oxford, has an earlier zero symbol than a temple in Gwailor, India. The manuscript was found by a farmer in a village called Bakhshali, in what is now Pakistan before being acquired by the indologist Rudolf Hoernle, who presented it to the Bodleian Libraries in 1902.


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