Mahavira's Geometrical Problems: Traces of Unknown Links between Jaina and Mediterranean Mathematics in the Classical Ages

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    Abstract

    Analysis of the geometrical chapters Mahavira's 9th-century Ganita-sara-sangraha reveals inspiration from several chronological levels of Near-Eastern and Mediterranean mathematics: (1)that known from Old Babylonian tablets, c. 1800-1600 BCE; (2)a Late Babylonian but pre-Seleucid Stratum, probably c. 500 BCE; (3) a type known both from Seleucid cuneiform tablets and from Demotic Egyptian papyri, c. 200 BCE
    OriginalsprogDansk
    TitelHistory of the Mathematical Sciences
    RedaktørerIvor Grattan-Guinness, B. S. Yadav
    Udgivelses stedNew Delhi
    ForlagHindustan Book Agency
    Publikationsdato2004
    Sider83-95
    ISBN (Trykt)81-85931-45-3
    StatusUdgivet - 2004

    Citer dette

    Høyrup, J. (2004). Mahavira's Geometrical Problems: Traces of Unknown Links between Jaina and Mediterranean Mathematics in the Classical Ages. I I. Grattan-Guinness, & B. S. Yadav (red.), History of the Mathematical Sciences (s. 83-95). Hindustan Book Agency.