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 3: The Mathematical Origins of the Kerala School
The Mathematical Origins of the Kerala School
Of all major mathematicians/astronomers of the ‘classical’ period (i.e., ad 450–1150) of Indian mathematics and astronomy, Aryabhata occupies a central place. His name is listed at the head of a group of individuals who made notable contributions to the development of Indian mathematics and astronomy. His impact is more substantial than his known contributions, for he founded a school that profoundly influenced the development of both astronomy and mathematics in Kerala and elsewhere for almost a thousand years.
There are a number of unresolved questions regarding him, including his place of birth and indeed his very identity. There is some confusion arising from the fact that more than one mathematician bearing the name ...