Overview for Computing Science in Ancient India
Not only the sign for zero, but also the binary number system, the ideas of metarules, algebraic transformation, recursion, hashing, mathematical logic, formal grammars, and high level language description arose first in India. Indian mathematical science had already reached dizzying heights about 2,500 years ago by the time of Panini and Pingala, considered by tradition to have been brothers. Panini's grammar for Sanskrit, which is equivalent in its computing power to the most powerful computing machine, has not yet been matched for any other language, while Pingala described the binary number system. This classic book of contributions by the leading scholars in the world presents an overview of these seminal contributions to computer science. It also includes chapters on models and computation in astronomy and cognitive science.
Subhash Kak (Author)
Subhash Kak is a world renowned scientist and historian of ideas. Currently Delaune Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Professor in the Asian Studies Program at Louisiana State University, he has authored fourteen books and more than 250 research papers in the fields of information theory, quantum mechanics, neural networks, and history of science. He was awarded the Science Academy Medal and the Goyal Prize, and he was the National Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla during 2001-2002.
T.R.N. Rao (Author)
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