Besides their practical uses, numbers have cultural significance throughout the world For example, in Western society, the number 13 is regarded as unlucky, and “a million” may signify “a lot.” Though it is now regarded as pseudoscience, belief in a mystical significance of numbers, known as numerology, permeated ancient and medieval thought. Numerology heavily influenced the development of Greek mathematics, stimulating the investigation of many problems in number theory which are still of interest today. The number 605 in Khmer numerals, from an inscription from 683 AD. Early use of zero as a decimal figure. Brahmagupta’s Brāhmasphuṭasiddhānta is the first book that mentions zero as a number, hence Brahmagupta is usually considered the first to formulate the concept of zero. He gave rules of using zero with negative and positive numbers, such as “zero plus a positive number is a positive number, and a negative number plus zero is the negative number.” The Brāhmasphuṭasiddhānta is the earliest known text to treat zero as a number in its own right, rather than as simply a placeholder digit in representing another number as was done by the Babylonians or as a symbol for a lack of quantity as was done by Ptolemy and the Romans.