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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 6: Squaring the Circle: The Kerala Answer*
Squaring the Circle: The Kerala Answer*
Long back in the remote antiquity human beings must have become consciously aware of the existence of circles. Nature exhibited them in so many different ways: in the ripples of water at the drop of a stone, in the centre of a sunflower, in the shape of a sun or a full moon or even by looking into the eyes of others and seeing the pupils. However, for a long time, such observations did not lead to measurement. But once measurement occurred, there came the gradual realisation that there existed a relationship between circumference and diameter that would not change with the size of the circle. One of the earliest recorded attempts to measure ...