the koti

by way of Jean-Michel Delire ( jmdelire at ULB.AC.BE
Fri Nov 19 16:18:24 UTC 2010

Dear Colleagues,

The Aryabhatiya (499 AD) actually defines koti as the 7th power of ten in chapter II (Ganita) 2, which enumerates the successive powers of ten, from one (= ten to the power of zero) : eka.m da'sa ca 'sata.m ca sahasramayutaniyute tathaa prayutam / ko.tyarbuda.m ca v.rnda.m sthaanaat sthaana.m da' syaat //

Lecturer on "Science and civilization in India - Sanskrit texts", IHEB (University of Brussels)

>Dear Colleagues, 
>I have a question that Randy Kloetzli has asked me to communicate to INDOLOGY: "Is there some scholarship regarding the number known as the  koti? Its value is 10 to the 7th power or 1 followed by 7 zeroes. Monier-Williams says only that it is the largest of the old order of numbers." 
>If a conversation emerges here, I will communicate it to Randy. Or you could write him offline at catrandu at
>Thanks, Alf
>Alf Hiltebeitel
>Professor of Religion, History and Human Sciences
>Department of Religion
>2106 G Street, NW
>George Washington University
>Washington DC 20052

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