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Mathematics in India by Kim Plofker

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Chapter Five

 

 

The Genre of Medieval Mathematics

In the previous chapter, we saw that the term “gaita” was used in Indian texts in a variety of ways, to refer to the computational algorithms of astronomy as opposed to its geometric models, or more broadly to mean quantitative astronomy as opposed to the more descriptive disciplines of astrology. However, gaita is also frequently used in an even wider sense, to mean any type of computational or quantitative practices: what we might call “mathematics” in general. It is this sense of gaita that now ...

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