The Reception of Ancient Indian Mathematics by Western Historians

TitleThe Reception of Ancient Indian Mathematics by Western Historians
Publication TypeBook Chapter (with title)
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsHeeffer, A
Secondary AuthorsYadav, BS, Mohan, M
Book TitleAncient Indian Leaps into Mathematics
PublisherBirkhäuser Verlag
ISBN Number978-0-8176-4694-3

While there was an awareness of ancient Indian mathematics in the West since the sixteenth century, historians discuss the Indian mathematical tradition only after the publication of the first translations by Colebrooke in 1817. Its reception cannot be comprehended without accounting for the way that the new European mathematics was shaped by Renaissance humanist writings. We sketch this background and show with one case study on algebraic solutions to a linear problem how the understanding and appreciation of Indian mathematics was deeply influenced by the humanist prejudice that all higher intellectual culture, in particular all science, had risen from Greek soil.

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