India’s most important contribution: nothing!

For the scientific advances we all enjoy, we can thank India. They contributed zero. The number zero.
Until Arabic numerals, including zero, were invented, the Western world used Roman numerals, which were cumbersome for doing math:
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Imagine how difficult it would have been to conduct business, much less create complex formulas for physics.
Mughal invaders took the new numeral system back to Central Asia.  Then Arab invaders took it back to the Middle East. From there it reached Europe in time to form the foundations of the technology revolution.
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Why does this matter?  Because intercultural borrowing is crucial to progress.  And basic knowledge might be more useful than specific inventions. For example, Japan benefited far more from borrowing the Total Quality Management System than they did from borrowing the transistor.
Do you have the humility to borrow ideas and practices from others?
Do you expose yourself to foreign cultures?

Published by Brock Stout, PhD

Brock has helped many people to be extremely successful. He has lived in various countries and has enjoyed several careers, but is now a writer and a coach. He sustained mild lead poisoning as a child, resulting in neurological damage. The result was a life of learning disabilities, always struggling to keep up. But he completed two degrees from competitive universities, then advised Wall Street executives in Asia for 15 years. He later earned a PhD and worked as a university professor for six years. He has started three profitable companies in between. So he particularly wants to help those with special learning challenges. Because so many of us now have these special challenges, they are no longer special. But they are challenges. He wants you to TEACH YOURSELF how to be successful.

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