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- DescriptionAn important mathematician and astromer in medieval India, Bhascara Acharya (1114-85) wrote treatises on arithmetic, algebra, geometry and astromy. He is also believed to have been head of the astromical observatory at Ujjain, which was the leading centre of mathematical sciences in India. Forming part of his Sanskrit magnum opus Siddhanta Shiromani, the present work is his treatise on arithmetic, including coverage of geometry. It was first published in English in 1816 after being translated by the East India Company surgeon John Taylor (d.1821). Used as a textbook in India for centuries, it provides the basic mathematics needed for astromy. Topics covered include arithmetical terms, plane geometry, solid geometry and indeterminate equations. Of enduring interest in the history of mathematics, this work also contains Bhascara's pictorial proof of Pythagoras' theorem.
- Author(s)Bhascara Acharya
- PublisherCambridge Library Collection
- Date of Publication10/08/2012
- Series TitleCambridge Library Collection - Mathematics
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note6 b/w illus.
- Weight360 g
- Width170 mm
- Height244 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Translated byJohn Taylor
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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