Indian Mathematics


  • Author: George Gheverghese Joseph
  • Publisher: World Scientific Pub Co Inc
  • ISBN-13: 9781786340610
  • Pages: 400
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Year of Pub / Reprint Year: 2016


About The Book

Indian Mathematics gives a unique insight into the history of mathematics within a historical global context. It builds on research into the connection between mathematics and the world-wide advancement of economics and technology. Joseph draws out parallel developments in other cultures and carefully examines the transmission of mathematical ideas across geographical and cultural borders.

Accessible to those who have an interest in the global history of mathematical ideas, for the historians, philosophers and sociologists of mathematics, it is a book not to be missed.

Table Of Contents

  • Rewriting the History of Indian Mathematics: Some Outstanding Issues
  • Indian Mathematics in World Mathematics: An Overview
  • The Harappa-Vedic Nexus: A Seamless Story or Two Separate Episodes?
  • From Zero to Infinity: Mathematics in Jain and Buddhist Literature
  • Down to Earth and Reach for the Stars: The Bakhshali and Siddhanta Episodes
  • Heralding the Golden Age: Aryabhata I and His Followers
  • Riding the Crest of a Wave: From Brahmagupta to Mahavira
  • The 500 Year Climax: Bhaskaracharya and His Legacy
  • Navigating the Ocean of Mathematics: Narayana Pandita and Successors
  • A Passage to Infinity: The Kerala School and Its Impact
  • Indian Trigonometry: From Ancient Beginnings to Nilakantha
  • Outside the Sanskrit Tradition: Texts, Translations and Dissemination
  • Battle for the Mind: The Rise of Western Mathematics

About The Author

George Gheverghese Joseph is a leading internationally renowned historian of mathematics; he has held university appointments in East and Central Africa, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand as well as two Royal Society Visiting Fellowships in India. He has lectured widely on both sides of the Atlantic. His book The Crest of the Peacock: Non-European Roots of Mathematics (2010) is now in its third edition.