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Astronomy and mathematics in ancient India = Astronomie et mathémathiques de l'Inde ancienne

Author: J M Delire
Publisher: Leuven ; Walpole, Mass. : Peeters, 2012.
Series: Lettres orientales et classiques, 17.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Already in 1786, Sir William Jones, founder of the Asiatick Society in Calcutta, wrote "What their astronomical and mathematical writings contain, will not, I trust, remain long a secret: they are easily procured, and their importance cannot be doubted". Nevertheless, though India is nowadays a part of our daily media environment, its science, as ancient as Greek science, is still badly known and insufficiently  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J M Delire
ISBN: 9789042926141 9042926147
OCLC Number: 782105630
Notes: "Actes de la journée d'études organisée le 24 avril 2009 à l'Université Libre de Bruxelles."
Description: xiv, 198 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Préface --
The reality of Indian astronomy / R. Mercier --
Entre astronomie et mathématiques / J.M. Delire --
Mathématiques et scolastique dans l'Inde médiévale / P.-S. Filliozat --
The earliest extant Sanskrit astrolabe / S.R. Sarma --
Indian planetary models : Āryabhaṭa to Nı̄lakaṇṭha / K. Ramasubramanian --
Rythmes et algorithmes, F. Patte --
Madhava series for pi and its fast convergent approximations / K. Mahesh, Venketeswara Pai R. and K. Ramasubramanian.
Series Title: Lettres orientales et classiques, 17.
Other Titles: Astronomie et mathémathiques de l'Inde ancienne
Responsibility: édités par J.M. Delire.

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"Already in 1786, Sir William Jones, founder of the Asiatick Society in Calcutta, wrote "What their astronomical and mathematical writings contain, will not, I trust, remain long a secret: they are easily procured, and their importance cannot be doubted". Nevertheless, though India is nowadays a part of our daily media environment, its science, as ancient as Greek science, is still badly known and insufficiently included in history of science manuals. This book aims at helping to fill this gap by letting some of the best specialists in Indian astronomy and mathematics express themselves. They recount the evolution of these sciences, from the 'Aryabhatiya' (6th century) to the works of the Keralese astronomers-mathematicians (13-16th centuries), via treatises on prosody (14th century) and on astrolabe making produced since the same period. These treatises are described in association with the oldest Sanskrit astrolabe, preserved in Belgium."--Page 4 of cover.

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