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This book traces the first faltering steps taken in the mathematical theorization of infinity which marks the emergence of modern mathematics. It analyzes the part played by Indian mathematics through the Kerala conduit, which is an important but neglected part of the history of mathematics.
Chapter 10: A Final Assessment
A Final Assessment
In the history of mathematics, the invention of calculus and ‘the passage to infinity’ are seen as major benchmarks in the creation of modern or advanced mathematics. The important question that this book addressed is the possibility of the beginnings of modern mathematics to have occurred outside Europe and these ideas and techniques in turn then transmitted to Europe. If such transmission proves to be significant, it would help to deconstruct the prevailing Eurocentric account of the development of modern mathematics.
Generally speaking, certain mathematical facts of a fundamental but elementary nature can be and are discovered independently by many cultures. In antiquity very often it was a specific application of a particular mathematical technique (perhaps conveyed in the form of ...