Calculus (was Re: Gymnosophists etc.)

Girish Beeharry gkb at
Wed May 8 08:31:36 UTC 1996


>The point is that neither was operating in a vacuum and they both knew
>what had been done in previous generation. Tanget calculation,
>area calculation and the relation between them was known earlier,
>for example to Barrow.
That's why I mentioned he was a student of Barrow. I agree they were not 
operating in a vacuum but that does not explain everything. They did the leap 
from algebra to calculus by themselves.

>various translations done, this too might be ignored with ``there
>is no direct evidence of borrowing''.

If we go into pure speculation then I leave it here and the list can go on with
the usual Indological material.


Girish Beeharry

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