Casting aside the usual Eurocentric theories about the origins of mathematics, the authors investigate Vedic texts which originated in ancient India. Aryabhatta, Sulvastrus, and Bhaskaracharya are among the Sanskrit-speaking theoreticians, whose astronomical works contributed to the ancient body of mathematics, preceding the Greeks. This book deals with some of the chronological difficulties in tracing the history of mathematics, as well as the reasons for the decay in the ancient Vedic civilization.
V. Lakshmikantham is Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the Florida Institute of Technology. S. Leela is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at SUNY in Geneseo, New York.
Chapter 1 List of Figures Chapter 2 List of Tables Chapter 3 Preface Chapter 4 Prevailing Theories Chapter 5 Indifference to Truth Chapter 6 Invented Theories Chapter 7 Chronological Aspects Chapter 8 From Baudhayana to Bhaskara I Chapter 9 From Brahmagupta to Nilakanta Chapter 10 Astronomical Aspects Chapter 11 Truth is Stranger than Fiction Chapter 12 Notes and Comments Chapter 13 References Chapter 14 Index Chapter 15 About the Authors