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RE: st: decimal years


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: decimal years
Date   Fri, 11 Aug 2006 20:30:57 +0100

Theological and cosmological preoccupations aside, 
there was no year zero, meaning either 0 AD or 0 BCE. 

The concept of zero only reached the West much 
later than the AD/BC system was introduced by Dionysus 
Exiguus (= Denis the Skinny), as I recall, not to 
imply that I was there at the time. 

No doubt for some centuries after that various smart asses
found the idea of a symbol representing nothing incoherent
but seemingly every grade school student introduced to 
the number line can transcend that. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

Austin Nichols

> But now I have to go read Wikipedia about
> what happened in year zero, I think.

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