the koti

mkapstei at UCHICAGO.EDU mkapstei at UCHICAGO.EDU
Fri Nov 19 16:43:13 UTC 2010

Western sources were clearly aware of the treatment
of higher numbers in Indian sources in the
early 19th c. 

John Taylor, in his _Lilawati_ (Bombay 1816) already 
gives them up to 17 places (giving ko.ti in the form kotya)
and mentions that Wilkins had earlier presented the
decimal numbers up to 22 places.

I mentioned Ifrah just as a handy compilation -- it is not
an Indological work, nor a work that treats the history
of the many disciplines from which Ifrah compiled his

Matthew T. Kapstein
Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies
The University of Chicago Divinity School
Directeur d'études
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris

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