the koti

Agathe Keller kellera at UNIV-PARIS-DIDEROT.FR
Wed Nov 24 05:32:50 UTC 2010

Dear all,

a message of Robert Goldmann off list, has made me realize that I posted 
an error : Hayashi actually lists 10 to the power 52 and 10 to the power 
60 for mahaugha (note the transliteration mistake as well); but
it seems that different powers of ten can be given under this name 
according to the Ramayana recension considered.



Le 11/23/10 11:55 AM, Agathe Keller a écrit :
> Takao Hayashi in his edition, translation and study of the Bakhshali 
> manuscript (Egbert Forsten, 1995), has made a study of different names 
> for higher numbers in all sorts of texts, mathematical and 
> non-mathematical (p.65-70). This includes names for 10 to the power 20 
> in certain recensions of the Ramayana (mahauga in the Bombay/Gorakhpur 
> edition), or 10 to the power 23 in Mahavira's Ganitasarasamgraha 
> (mahAkSobha).
> koti in this context always appears as a stable name for 10 to the
> power 7 (also sometimes called arbuda) but obviously much greater
> numbers could be considered.
> I have scans of those five pages of comparative tables for the names of
> numbers, that I can send to whom is interested, just write to me.
> And, Allen, I certainly would be very interested on information on
> Indian dictionaries on bhutaksankhyas!
> Agathe


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