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Mathematics in India ,
Kim Plofker


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Mathematics in India
Kim Plofker
Princeton University Press, 2008
384 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0691120676

This book is an effort to explore the fascinating world of Indian mathematics and Indian mathematicians (till about 1800).
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This remarkable book by Kim Plofker presents a detailed, eminently readable, scholarly survey of the full scope of Indian mathematics and astronomy in India, from their Vedic beginnings to roughly 1800. It can be a very good reference book for all those who live in India or teach mathematics, or who are interested in the scientific heritage of India.

An authoritative and detailed review of this book can be found at :

The review is by David Bryant Mumford (born 11 June 1937), an American mathematician known for his distinguished work in algebraic geometry, and then for his research into vision and pattern theory. He has won the Fields Medal and a whole lot of prestigious awards and recognitions. In 2010 he was awarded the National Medal of Science. In 2012 he became a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He was elected President of the International Mathematical Union in 1995 and served from 1995 to 1999. He was decorated with a Honoris Causa, by the University of Hyderabad, India, in 2012

Perhaps the only shortcoming of this book, is that it misses out on the contributions of Srinivasa Ramanujan .

I thank my sister Geetha, who gifted me this precious gem, which I will treasure forever.

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