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Numerals in Orissan Inscriptions

Subrata Kumar Acharya (Author)
Synopsis The book aims at discussing different systems of numeration prevalent in early Orissa. That the typologies of the numerical symbols are part of an evolutionary process has been well defined and illustrated. The polemic about the earliest epigraphic evidence of the use of the decimal system in India has been resolved. The systematic displacement of the numerical symbols by the decimal figures and the experiment with the application of positional value and the potential zero in Orissan records form an interesting dimension of study. It further addresses the problem of the advent of modern Oriya numerals and examines how the geo-political and linguistic-palaeographical forces operated in determining and standardising them. The chronograms included in the book largely supplement the existing lists prepared by earlier authorities.
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About the author

Subrata Kumar Acharya

Dr. Subrata Kumar Acharya (b. 1962) is a scholar of Indian epigraphy and palaeography who has published research papers in prestigious journals in India. He has authored Numerals in Orissan Inscriptions (Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Simla, 2002) and his work Symbols and Syllables: Understanding the Origin and Development of the Brahmi Numerals is shortly going to press.

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Bibliographic information

Title Numerals in Orissan Inscriptions
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8179860108
length 244p., Plates.