Credibility of Criticism (Re: NEW: Pythagoras Theorem )

Toke Lindegaard Knudsen tlknudsen at GET2NET.DK
Wed Apr 11 14:22:19 EDT 2001


Dear Dr. Mayer-König,

> Staal explains the geometrical insights of BaudhAyana's ShulbasUtra
> through the language of modern algebra in "Greek and Vedic Geometry",
> Journal of Indian Philosophy, vol. 27, Nos. 1/2, 1999, 105-127. You may
> also like to have a look at Axel Michaels, Beweisverfahren in der
> vedischen Sakralgeometrie, 1978, Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner, (in German)
> where the teachings on geometry of various ShulvasUtras are explained in
> detail.

Thank you for your reply.  I am familiar with the two references you
mention.  Both are indeed valuable, but Professor Staal does not
discuss the question of whether Baudhaayana's formulation of the
Pythagorean theorem can be interpreted to include other figures
than squares in his "Greek and Vedic Mathematics" article, and I
do not think Professor Michaels discuss this either.

With best wishes,
Toke Lindegaard Knudsen



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