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#1025 - November 02, 2008 07:36 PM HINDU MATHEMATICS....
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Indian mathematics and the numeral system is the forerunner of modern science , technology and mathematics.

We have to be grateful to the Indians for teaching us how to count without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.

-----Albert Einstein

It is a fact that before the advent of the Indian numeral system and algebra in Europe , the Roman numeral system was used , which could not be used for cumbersome scientific calculations. The Europeans are even today counting 1 , 2 , 3 , etc to zero, after Sanskrit figures.

It was Indian mathematics, which provided the base for the growth of European science and technology to its present standards.

Indian mathematics arrival in Europe in the Middle Ages, helped in the creation of a logical and scientific temperament, which resulted in the Renaissance, and which lifted Europe off the fog of the Dark Ages.

If it weren't for Indian mathematics, Europe would still would have been using the Roman numeral system, and in all probability , would still have been in the Dark Ages as well.
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#1026 - November 02, 2008 07:39 PM Re: HINDU MATHEMATICS....
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The significance of the development of the positional number system is probably best described by the French mathematician Pierre Simon Laplace (1749 - 1827) who wrote:

It is India that gave us the ingenious method of expressing all numbers by the means of ten symbols, each symbol receiving a value of position, as well as an absolute value; a profound and important idea which appears so simple to us now that we ignore its true merit, but its very simplicity, the great ease which it has lent to all computations, puts our arithmetic in the first rank of useful inventions, and we shall appreciate the grandeur of this achievement when we remember that it escaped the genius of Archimedes and Apollonius, two of the greatest minds produced by antiquity.

Tobias Dantzig, the father of George Dantzig had this to say in Number:

This long period of nearly five thousand years saw the rise and fall of many a civilization, each leaving behind it a heritage of literature, art, philosophy, and religion. But what was the net achievement in the field of reckoning, the earliest art practiced by man? An inflexible numeration so crude as to make progress well nigh impossible, and a calculating device so limited in scope that even elementary calculations called for the services of an expert . Man used these devices for thousands of years without contributing a single important idea to the system . Even when compared with the slow growth of ideas during the dark ages, the history of reckoning presents a peculiar picture of desolate stagnation.

When viewed in this light, the achievements of the unknown Hindu, who some time in the first centuries of our era discovered the principle of position, assumes the importance of a world event.
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You yourself are your only friend. You yourself are your only enemy.

---Krishna ( Bhagavad Gita )


You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

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