Credibility of Criticism (Re: NEW: Pythagoras Theorem )

Birgit Mayer-König mayer-koenig at TESIONMAIL.DE
Tue Apr 10 20:37:58 UTC 2001

> > [...] Staal has
> > recently made some extremely interesting observations about the details
> > Baudhayana's statement of the theorem, which is more general than
> > Pythagoras's, and applies not only to squares on sides, but also, for
> > example, to hemispheres. [...]
> I was not aware of these observations by Staal, but it sounds very
> interesting.  Is it possible that you could provide a reference to
> where Staal has written about this topic?

Dear Toke Lindegaard Knudsen,

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.

Birgit Mayer-König

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