Pythagorean theorem in India

Toke Lindegaard Knudsen tlk at MATH.KU.DK
Wed Aug 11 20:03:57 UTC 1999

On 11 Aug 99, at 13:56, Avinash Sathaye wrote:

> In his book "Mathematics in ancient India (Chaukhamba O.R.S. 16)" Dr. A.K.
> Bag mentions Bhadrabahu to be one of the  Jains  "who quoted mathematical
> formulas in connection with their doctrines, but were not Mathematicians
> themselves"(p.8). Dr. Bag's book, of course, discusses various conjectures
> and facts about the origin of the Pythagorian Theorem in great detail. He
> supports the view that it was indeed fairly understood as a theorem -
> rather than an experimental fact, in the Baudhayana shulba suktas and
> gives evidence based on other geometric constructions from the suktas
> which show an understanding of the theorem. -- |Avinash Sathaye
> Phone:(606)277-0130(Home), (606)257-8832(Office) | Web page:

It sounds interesting, thank you for the information.  Could you
kindly give me the full details of Dr. Bag's book.  For example I am
not sure what "O.R.S." abbreviates.

Thank you very much.

Toke Lindegaard Knudsen

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