[INDOLOGY] Intro to mathematics in Skt

jmdelire jmdelire at ulb.ac.be
Sun Nov 10 05:28:07 EST 2019


Dear Friends,

It seems that you forgot to mention my name as an expert in Sanskrit 
mathematics, and also as an historian of mathematics.
I wrote my thesis in 2002 about the Sulbasutras and published in 2016 
(Droz, Geneva) an edition-translation-explanation (in French) of the 
Baudhayana's and its commentary by Dvarakanatha. I am always amazed by 
the way the Anglo-Saxon world ignores the French publication, even if 
they cite my good friend François Patte, who also translates to French.
I wrote some articles in English (in that direction at least, we make 
some efforts as you can read) and gave a lecture in Oxford some years 
ago, when I had the opportunity to work for the philosophical part of my 
thesis with Jim Benson. Prof Gombrich attended the conference. I am 
nowadays working on mathematics at the court of Jai Singh II, and I 
visit Jaipur very often for that purpose.
Jesse, you can contact me if you need any special information, for I 
have probably the best library on Sanskrit mathematics in Belgium, which 
is of course nothing compared to the Indian Institute in Oxford, but who 
knows ?

Best regards,

Jean Michel DELIRE,
Maître-assistant en mathématiques et histoire des mathématiques - HE2B 
Defré
Chargé du cours Science et civilisation de l'Inde - Textes sanskrits - 
IHEB (Université de Bruxelles)
Membre du Centre National d'Histoire des Sciences (KBR, Bruxelles)
Membre de la Société Asiatique (Paris)


Le 27.10.2019 18:59, Jesse Knutson via INDOLOGY a écrit :
> Thanks so much for this Alessandra.
> 
> On Sat, Oct 26, 2019, 10:28 PM Alessandra Petrocchi
> <a.petrocchi at cantab.net> wrote:
> 
>> Dear Jesse,
>> just to expand a bit the reading list: if your student or yourself
>> would
>> like to investigate this subject further, I also would recommend to
>> look
>> at the publications by the following scholars, who are experts in
>> this
>> field as well: Takao Hayashi, Agathe Keller, Takanori Kusuba,
>> Clemency
>> Montelle, Francois Patte,  and myself.
>> 
>> Best wishes,
>> Alessandra.
>> 
>> Dr Alessandra Petrocchi
>> Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow
>> Faculty of Linguistics Philology and Phonetics
>> University of Oxford
>> 
>> On Sat, October 26, 2019 21:43, Jesse Knutson via INDOLOGY wrote:
>>> Dear Friends, I am asking on behalf of a student with a math
>> background,
>>> but am also interested for myself, despite very limited math: Can
>> you
>>> recommend some good introductions to Sanskrit mathematical
>> traditions?
>>> Best,J
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>> Dr Alessandra Petrocchi
>> Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow
>> Faculty of Linguistics Philology and Phonetics
>> University of Oxford
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