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Mathematics in India by Kim Plofker

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Chapter Nine

 

 

Continuity and Changes in the Modern Period

The interactions with Islamic mathematics and astronomy discussed in the previous chapter were by no means the only major developments affecting Sanskrit science during the second millennium. Until recently, though, this period was largely overshadowed in the historiography of India by the eras preceding and following it, namely, pre-Islamic India, on the one hand, and European colonization on the other. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the previous half-millennium or so was often dismissed as a moribund interval of intellectual “stagnation” or “decay” for India, particularly in scientific thought.1 This opinion had its conveniences for some European imperialists, who wanted ...

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