[INDOLOGY] Early history of computation and Sanskrit literature

Agathe Keller kellera at univ-paris-diderot.fr
Fri May 12 10:54:15 UTC 2023

Dear Martin,

i would direct your colleague to the work of Dhruv Raina, and notably to
 Raina, Dhruv. 2022. “Transcultural Networks and Connectivities: The Circulation of Mathematical Ideas between India and England in the Nineteenth Century.” Contemporary Education Dialogue 19 (1): 84–106.
Marie José Durand Richard who has worked on the network of the English Algebraists, has shown that they were curious of Sanskrit scholarship and were in contact with indologists, notably H. T. Colebrooke…her work is referenced in the above article..both Dhruv and Marie Jo are easy to contact, and I’d be happy to help your colleague get in contact with them.



Le 12 mai 2023 à 12:32, Martin Gluckman via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> a écrit :

Dear Friends,

A colleague is working on exploring any possible direct or indirect links (also through Persian, Greek or Arabic translations of primary Sanskrit works) between the early development of computers and any known Sanskrit literature (specifically in the domains of nyāya, pāṇini, gaṇitaśāstra).

Did any of the key known figures Jacquard, Boole, Babbage, De Morgan et. al. have any influence from concepts that were existing in Sanskrit works?

If there are any scholars who have specifically explored this that would be interesting too.

I have already reached out to Dr. Geoffrey Hinton the great-great-grandson of Mary Everest Boole, who reported no known links that he is aware of.

With warmest wishes,


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