Following up on yesterday's post about nothingness, here are two books, one by a scientist and another by a mathematician, about the origination and subsequent history of the mathematical notion of zero: Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea,by Charles Seife, and The Nothing that Is: A Natural History of Zero,by Robert Kaplan.
I've not read either of these, but they're both well rated, though ten years old now, so they won't include the recent developments in the history of zero, such as when Cheney's approval rating went to zero after he blocked out the sun with his evil globally warming cosmic hate rays.
The only specifically Buddhist account of this I can find is The Logic of Unity: The Discovery of Zero and Emptiness in Prajnaparamita Thought,by Hosaku Atsuao, which has no ratings on Amazon at least and so, unlike the four-star-rated Affairs of Gidget,is not guaranteed high quality by this here blog.
The Kohner’s first Gidget novel has 10 five star ratings, though apparently it is neither profound nor philosophical according to the reviews. http://www.amazon.com/Gidget-Frederick-Kohner/dp/0425179621/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1288472522&sr=1-1