There have been many occasions in the past when things have been just too strange for people to accept, even in the face of overwhelming evedence or rigourous mathematical proof. It was not so many hundreds of years ago that the concept of a negative number was unknown  well when you think about it the idea of taking something away from nothing is quite odd. If you owed the bank money you didn't have a negative balance you had a positive debt. When you think about it there are very practical, everyday incidences where negative numbers are necessary.


This page has been created by Peter White, June 2001 