
Re: Dictionary traces math concepts to Vedas
Posted:
Sep 4, 2012 3:38 PM


Dr. Jai Maharaj posted: > > > Dictionary traces maths concepts to Vedas > > > > By Jhimli Mukherjee Pandey, TNN > > The Times of India > > August 30, 2012 > > > > Kolkata: For eight years, a few mathematics and Sanskrit > > scholars of the Calcutta University have been working on > > a mammoth project. They have been trying to establish a > > tall claim that at least 5,000 basic and advanced modern > > mathematical concepts have their roots in Sanskrit and > > most of these have Vedic antecedents. > > > > At the end of this painstaking research, the first kosa > > or dictionary of Sanskrit to English mathematical terms > > is ready and there are four more to follow. This central > > government project is being touted as the first of its > > kind in the world as never before have the Indian > > etymology of so many modern technical terms been so > > radically established. > > > > The project was given to these scholars by the Rashtriya > > Sanskrit Sansthan, a wing of the ministry of human > > resources development, through the citybased Sanskrit > > Sahitya Parishat. The chief investigators of the project > > are retired faculty members of Jadavpur and Calcutta > > universities, Manabendu Banerjee and Pradip Kumar > > Majumdar, respectively. > > > > While the world gives credit to India for invention of > > the concept of 'zero', not much else in modern maths is > > attributed to this country. "Also, while it is generally > > believed that it was the fifth century AD mathematician > > Aryabhatta who invented zero, we have been able to > > establish in our project that zero or ananta was a > > concept as old as the Rig Veda. Similarly, eka or number > > one also has roots in this Veda," explained Majumdar. > > > > All branches of mathematics are well represented in the > > Vedas, Aranyakas, Brahminical literature, Upanishads, > > Panini's Ashtadhyayi and Yaska's Nirukto, the dictionary > > explains. It goes on to prove that most solutions that > > can be arrived through algebra, geometry and trigonometry > > have Sanskrit roots. Thus, what the world knows as > > Pythagoras' theorem existed in the Sulbasutras provided > > in the manuscripts of Boudhayan, Apostombo, Manaba and > > Katyayan. A large number of formulae developed thousands > > of years ago, which lead to the same assumption as modern > > theorems, have been provided in the dictionary, with > > their places of occurrence in Indian punthis. > > > > "Take the case of Euclid's concepts, on which modern > > geometry is based. You will find that all of today's > > geometric shapes and angles were present in the way the > > yajnabedis or the holy sacrificial fires were erected. > > Each design had a typical astronomical or cosmic meaning > > to it and a specific purpose for which the yajna was to > > be conducted," explained Banerjee, who is also the former > > vicepresident of Asiatic Society. The dictionary is > > replete with the designs of these yajnabedis and go on to > > explain their modern geometrical equivalents. The > > additional benefit is that the ancient custom and belief > > system surrounding these bedis have also been explained > > in the dictionary. It says that the origin of most of > > these designs can be found in Vedanga Jyotish of 12th > > century BC. > > > > Similarly, what the world associates with trigonometry > > today can be found in the ancient Indian texts. Take one > > of the most common formulae in Trigonometry  sin 2A = 2 > > sin A cos A. The dictionary explains that you can find > > such formulae that are used to measure area or height in > > the manuscripts of not one but several scholars of > > ancient India. The term jyotpotti (trigonometry) and the > > integral formulae therein can be traced back to > > Aryabhatta in his Siddhantasiromani, in the 12th century > > manuscripts of Bhaskaracharya II, in the 7th century > > Brahmasputasiddhanta of Brahma Gupta and in the 16th > > century Siddhantatattobibek of Kamalakar, the dictionary > > says. > > > > More at: > > > > http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/20120830/kolkata/33498839_1_dictionaryconceptsrashtriyasanskritsansthan > > Forwarded post: > > Highly Exciting. Let this be done with all out efforts. > Let this be done please. > >  Subrata Mukhopadhyay, Kharagpur > > End of forwarded post.
Forwarded post:
This will be an astounding and perfect discovery! Guys, keep it up
 Shyamsunder Haobam, Imphal
End of forwarded post.
Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi Om Shanti

