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 1: Introduction
Objectives and Original Features of This Book
The genesis of this book may be traced to an earlier book, The Crest of the Peacock: Non-European Roots of Mathematics, first published in 1991. On page 20 of that book I wrote:
One of the conjectures posed in Chapter 9 (p. 249) is the possibility that mathematics from medieval India, particularly from the southern state of Kerala may have had an impact on European mathematics of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. (Joseph 2000)
This single sentence aroused more interest and controversy than other issues raised in the book. At a meeting soon after the book came out, the author was asked whether he was in the business of dethroning Newton and Leibniz! It was also interpreted by some as ...