Division by Zero/Historical Note

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Historical Note on Division by Zero

Brahmagupta stated that:

positive or negative divided by cipher is a fraction with that for denominator.

This was then referred to as quantity with zero as denominator.


Mahāvīrāchārya writes in Ganita Sara Samgraha of c. $850$ CE:

A number multiplied by zero is zero and that number remains unchanged which is divided by, added to or diminished by zero.

which is of course seriously questionable.


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