The newly opened Platform 0 at Redhil Station in Surrey, England. It was the Persian mathematician al-Khwarizmi who defined the role of 0 and the base 10 number system. This spread to Europe through the Moors in Spain, and was a huge advance on the existing Roman numeral system - compare multiplying 8 by 9 with multiplying VIII by IX! The base 10 number system was the foundation of the scientific revolution from the 16th century onwards, for example Newton's mechanics and calculus. This in turn provided the foundation for the development of modern mechanical engineering and the Industrial Revolution, which led to our modern affluent society. So we all owe a huge debt to Islamic civilization. #platform0 #base10 #scientificrevolution #isaacnewton #industrialrevolution #affluentsociety #islam

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