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Based on extensive research in Sanskrit sources, Mathematics in India chronicles the development of mathematical techniques and texts in South Asia from antiquity to the early modern period. Kim Plofker reexamines the few facts about Indian mathematics that have become common knowledge--such as the Indian origin of Arabic numerals--and she sets them in a larger textual and ...more
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published January 18th 2009 by Princeton University Press (first published 2008)
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Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting book on a subject that has received too little academic attention and scrutiny. Plofker manages to convey the essence of Indian mathematics in terms of the methodology and the problems studied. The book goes into some detail of some techniques in Indian mathematics, but being such a broad survey she has to skim some details.

Even so, it is a great introduction to a fascinating subject, which does a good job of balancing between orientalist dismissals and chauvinist exag
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