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Classics of Indian Mathematics

Henry Thomas Colebrooke (Author)
Synopsis Algebra, with Arithmetic and Mensuration, from the Sanskrit of Brahmagupta and Bhaskara was one of the earliest fruits of the European encounter with the scientific heritage of India. While many of the other books of this period became dated and are now merely historical curiosities, Colebrooke’s work remains as useful today as when it appeared first in 1817. this work contains English translations of two classics of Indian mathematics, namely Bhaskara’s Lilavati and Bijaganita. These are supplemented by the twelfth and eighteenth chapters of Brahma gupta’s Brahmasphutasiddhanta. These translations are enriched by copious extracts from various commentaries by Gangadhara, Suryadasa, Ganesa and Ramakrsna on the Lilavati; by Krsna Daivajna and Ramakrsna on the Bijaganita. He also made use of the Persian translations of these mathematical treatises, viz. Abual-Faid Faidi’s translation of the Lilavati (1587) and ‘Ata’ Allah Rushdi’s translation of the Bijaganita (1634). The preface seeks to situate Indian Algebra in the context of development in other parts of the world.
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About the author

Henry Thomas Colebrooke

Henry Thomas Colebrooke (1765-1837) started his career at Calcutta as a 'writer' in the East India Company and rose to be a Member of the governor-General's Council. Today he is remembered for his pioneering studies on the languages, literatures and religions of India. The first European to master several branches of Sanskrit learning, he made significant contributions to the study of Hindu law of inheritance and laid solid foundations for the history of exact sciences of India.

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Title Classics of Indian Mathematics
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 8188934240
length lxxiv+378p., Figures; 26cm.