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Mathematics in India by Kim Plofker

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Chapter Four

 

 

The Mathematical Universe: Astronomy andComputation in the First Millennium

As far as we can tell from the surviving texts, the chief matrix of literate mathematical knowledge in Sanskrit around the middle of the first millennium CE was jyotia, a mix of astronomy, calendrics, and astrology. Treatises on jyotia bring together in their astronomical computations a wide variety of mathematical knowledge whose complexity and maturity suggest the richness of the mostly unrecorded developments of preceding centuries. Some treatises also ...

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