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THE LITTLE KNOWN HISTORY OF ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL MATHEMATICS
Burra G. Sidharth

Aula Ferigutti
Palazzo Garzolini - di Toppo Wassermann
Via Gemona n. 92
Udine

The origins of Mathematics are lost in the deep past. However they are related to astronomy, a study
of which subject was forced upon man after the ice-ages thawed and agriculture was developed:
People needed a form of a calendar and clock to regulate this new activity which marked a departure
from the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. This is recorded in the Vedas, the oldest extant Indo-European text.
Soon the astronomical computations reached an amazing degree of accuracy before the Sumerians.
From here it evolved into geometry, both in India and Egypt though for different motivations. From this
point, the study got bifurcated in the ancient Indian traditions and the Greek traditions. From the Indian
branch, mathematics reached the Arabs and thence to Europe. But independently the Portugese missionaries
learnt advanced Indian concepts like convergence of Infinite series which laid the foundation
for Newton and Leibniz, though these concepts had been developed in India at least sixhundred years

Relatore: Burra G. Sidharth
Burra G. Sidharth è direttore del B.M. Birla Centre di Hyderabad (India). Ha una lunga
collaborazione incorso con l'Università di Udine. È autore di numerose pubblicazioni in fisica
e in fisica matematica, ma si occupa anche di storia dell'astronomia indiana antica,
e in particolare dell'interpretazione astronomica dei testi vedici.

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