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adamk

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Re: Dictionary traces math concepts to Vedas
Posted: Sep 11, 2012 8:32 PM
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> 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

better.

Loser.

>
> 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
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