It uses only two digits ‘0’ and ‘1’. Though ancient civilizations already knew the concept of ‘nothing,’ they did not have a symbol or letter for it. Today, zero — both as a symbol (or numeral) and a concept meaning the absence of any quantity — allows us to perform calculus, do complicated equations, and to have invented computers. In digital electronics like a computer, this number system is being used. It might seem like an obvious piece of any numerical system, but the zero is a surprisingly recent development in human history. If we conclude “who invented zero first”, then we can usually say many gave their contribution. Author: History Staff. Now zero are being widely used in a binary numeral system with base 2. Zero was invented independently by the Babylonians, Mayans and Indians . Most of the civilizations were using it … Who invented the zero? Though ancient civilizations already knew the concept of ‘nothing,’ they did not have a symbol or letter for it.