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Zero Multiplication may seem to be Logically Moot – No



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Definition of terms is the first step in communication.  

"Zero," "multiply," "possibility" are all terms, fraught with myriad layers of meaning in a world in which the highest level of maturity is defined as not taking a position on any subject.

In the world of The Law of Non-Contradiction, however, "zero" is non-existent.  

Non-existent concepts, that are philosophically-debated in the realm of the imagination, have no tangible place in procedures, such as multiplication.  

Multiplication requires the existence of an integer, before one can multiply (or sculpt) a greater from a lesser.

That, which is intangible (aka "zero,") can have no effect on the tangible (aka integers, One through infinity.)

To attempt to multiply a number, like "47," by zero is just likely to create change in the realm of the physical, as a one-handed clap is likely to create a sound.

Conceptualizing "zero" in math-procedures is almost always the stuff of philosophical debate.  

(This is the part of the "movie," in which the actors move in and out from the camera to the present action.  [Think Rick Moranis in the movie, Spaceballs.] Such is the irony of living the sentence typed.)

It has been said that a "zero" really doesn't exist, even in an addition or in a subtraction equation.

However, arguably the concept may stretch the rules of logic in the add/subtraction scenario, since writing "0" is somewhat of a useful concept, being identified by the circular "integer," "0," since the non-existent CAN be "added" or "subtracted" from an integer, like "47," without creating a logical conundrum.

If nothing is being added, nor subtracted from said integer, then the non-existence of "zero" is logically-unimportant.

To express the previous concept with a bit of whimsy, let us call to mind the customer, who ordered "coffee, without cream," only to hear the waiter correct the customer with the words, "I am sorry, sir.  You are going to have to take your coffee, without milk, since we are out of cream."

Alright, everybody together on three, "Does it matter?"

Some may argue that multiplying by "zero" holds the same, "What does it matter?" since "zero" has no ability to change anything, regardless of math-process.  

Since this the the same distinction held by the number, "one," regarding multiplication, zero-multiplication may seem to be logically-moot.

Arguably so.

However, cars, equipped with four zeros (aka tires) are generally more effective on a road rather than in a vacuum.

If it were possible to suspend a car in the center of a large enough vacuum, one could conceivably drive 100 mph without any effect at all. 

Do the same thing on ONE road, and your troubles will no doubt be multiplied. 




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