In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Arindam Banerjee <email@example.com> posted: > > On Mar 23, 6:40=A0pm, Peter Hill <peter.usen...@nospam.demon.co.uk> > wrote: > > On Fri, 23 Mar 2012 08:48:50 +1300, Ken Pledger > > > > <ken.pled...@vuw.ac.nz> wrote: > > > > > > Dr. Jai Maharaj posted: > > > > >> .... A little-known school of > > >> scholars in southwest India discovered one of the > > >> founding principles of modern mathematics hundreds of > > >> years before Newton according to new research.... > > > > > =A0 This is not new research. =A0Kim Plofker, "Mathematics in India", 2= > 009, > > >is an excellent general history of Indian mathematics, and includes a > > >careful discussion of the Kerala school. =A0 She gives numerous referemc= > es > > >to earlier work. > > > > > =A0 =A0 =A0Ken Pledger. > > > > It doesn't matter that they discovered it, > > It matters to the locals. > > > they failed to pass it > > forward into the body of human knowledge. > > -- > > Peter Hill > > Then how do we know they did it first? That knowledge was localised, > as opposed to globalised.
True. Of course a lot of our texts were destroyed, stolen or suppressed by foreign invaders and occupiers for centuries. Also, our sage-scientists protected knowledge from the invaders by "hiding" it in devotional verses used in prayers, knowing that the Muslim and Christian occupiers would not recite them. These verses have been passed down the generations to us.