# I am in the beginning of time and space - What am I?

I am in the beginning of time and space. I stand for nothing, but I mean a lot. I cannot be divided into parts. What am I?

I'd guess you are:

0 - zero

I am in the beginning of time and space.

Depending on your date/time format, you might have leading zeros on hours, minutes, and seconds. Some spacial coordinates and many distance counters use leading zeros. A simple example is the mileage counter on a vehicle. Geo-spacial coordinates for latitude and longitude on Earth often, but not always, include leading zeros.

I stand for nothing, but I mean a lot.

A zero literally means a lack of everything, but if you string zeros behind another number, it can mean quite a lot. Example: 0 and 100000000. Also, zero is essentially what all other numbers are compared against, so that gives it significant meaning.

I cannot be divided into parts.

Zero can't be divided, since nothing can't be subdivided into smaller parts of nothing.

• I can easily divide 0 dollar among 8 people. Everyone will get 0 dollar. Mathmatically zero can be divide without issues. Commented Jan 23, 2020 at 10:27
• @StefanJanssen I agree with this logic. Commented Jan 23, 2020 at 12:56
• @StefanJanssen, while that's true, everyone gets the same amount of 0 dollars, which is equal to the original number, so that's not dividing 0, it's still just zero. Commented Jan 23, 2020 at 17:03
• @StefanJanssen Is the 0 dollars you got from that division equal to 1/8th of the 0 that you started with? If not, you're not "dividing it into parts"; you're essentially showing that there are no parts to be divided.
– JMac
Commented Jan 23, 2020 at 18:19
• @Hoog You could say it's 1/8th of the original 0 dollars, but by that logic you could also say it's 100/8th's of the original 0 dollars; both are mathematically correct. It doesn't mean the nothing was divided into parts; it means that attempts to divide nothing into parts still leaves nothing; not a partial nothing.
– JMac
Commented Jan 24, 2020 at 21:04

Perhaps you are

a POINT.

I am in the beginning of time and space

Slight misunderstanding of the "big bang" here, but it's commonly thought of as starting with all the mass/energy of the universe compressed infinitely small, into a single point.

I stand for nothing

Perhaps thinking of a decimal point, which (unlike the digits nearby) doesn't itself contribute anything to the value of the number it helps to represent.

but I mean a lot

"Right, now let's get to the point."

I cannot be divided into parts.

This was even Euclid's definition of "point", back when he wrote the world's first geometry textbook.

• Equally valid answer, but not what I intended. Commented Jan 23, 2020 at 0:01
• I was positive this was the right answer - exactly what went through my mind on first seeing this puzzle...
– Stiv
Commented Jan 23, 2020 at 7:01
• Not sure about the "contribute [...] value" bit...? Commented Jan 23, 2020 at 8:41
• Ahh, the old "Good answer but not what I was thinking" from OP. Commented Jan 23, 2020 at 11:42

You are:

The God of Classical Theism

I stand for nothing

According to Classical Theism, God is impassible, that is, God has no passions. People stand for what they are passionate about. God has no passions.

I mean a lot

The significance of God is once again found in a particular doctrine of Classical Theism: Aseity. God is the first and self-sufficient being, needing no other, existing in and of himself.

I cannot be divided into parts:

This is the definition of another important facet of Classical Theism: Simplicity. God is simple, not a composite being. He cannot be divided into parts.

I believe you are

Dark Matter.

In the beginning of time and space

Dark matter is all there was and is at the outer edge of space. It was there at the start of time and space had yet to be formed.

I stand for nothing, but mean a lot

Dark matter does not have a stance in many things we interact with, but it means a lot to the reasoning of space and time

I cannot be divided into parts

It is already in its final form!

You are

ZERO (0)

In the beginning of time and space.

Everything starting point from Zero (0)

I stand for nothing, but I mean a lot.

Yes, If any number after zero less value and number after zero means a lot. example: 00000001 and 10000000

I cannot be divided into parts

ZERO can't be divide in to parts, because it means void or null.

# What am I?

The emptiness of the universe.

### I am in the beginning of time and space.

It was always there, despite the matter of the big bang, which was literally a single point on the vast emptiness.

### I stand for nothing, but I mean a lot.

Emptiness, is nothing, just vaccum, not a single molecule. But means a lot, because it's considered to be infinite.

### I cannot be divided into parts.

You can't divide "nothing".

• Welcome to Puzzling Stack Exchange in the future try to use spoiler markers >! before your solutions and explanations in case people want to solve the puzzle on their own. Commented Jan 24, 2020 at 14:25

You are

Null

I am in the beginning of time and space

Time is a function of state-change that progresses relative to E in the inertial frame(s) in which it is observed. When the universe was initialized to Null, E=0 T=0

I stand for nothing, but I mean a lot

Null means initialized... with no value

I cannot be divided into parts.

Divide with Null... get error: Divide by zero error encountered