Pythagorean theorem in India

K S Arjunwadkar arjunwadkar at MCMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 12 17:22:40 UTC 1999

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From:                   Toke Lindegaard Knudsen <tlk at MATH.KU.DK>
Subject:                Re: Pythagorean theorem in India
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> 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.
> Sincerely,
> Toke Lindegaard Knudsen

Observation and explanation

shulba suktas
Should be shulba sutras
ORS=Oriental Research Series

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