> Dictionary traces maths concepts to Vedas > > By Jhimli Mukherjee Pandey, TNN > The Times of India > August 30, 2012
Yes, a very impartial source. Good start.
Keep spreading the manure/propaganda to make yourself feel
> > 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 city-based > 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 > vice-president 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/2012-08-30 > /kolkata/33498839_1_dictionary-concepts-rashtriya-sans > krit-sansthan > > Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi > Om Shanti > > o o o > > o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used > for the educational purposes of research and open > discussion. The contents of this post may not have > been > authored by, and do not necessarily represent the > opinion > of the poster. 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