India is the land of innovation, invention and intrigue.
And has always been so since time immemorial. The nation has been a pioneer in introducing to the world concepts relating to the fields of science, spirituality and much more. The West has often derived inspiration from the Indian core. The Western marketing strategies are hugely based on the teachings of Gautama Buddha and Swami Vivekanand. The tragedy lies in the fact that the world is more aware of our traditional concepts than we ourselves are. This write-up carries the intent of spreading the rich, diverse, distinguished yet united legacy of our nation.
Read on as we present to you 7 major Inventions by Indian Mathematicians which you probably weren’t aware of.
No Mathematical list can begin without the mention of Aryabhatta. Such has been his contribution to the field. Probably the most common and well-known is his invention of the place-value-system. Further, he discovered the exact positions of the 9 planets and proposed that a year consists of 365 days.
An astrologer and mathematician, Bramhagupta is referred to as one of many genius of the ancient world. His prominent contribution happens to be his theory of ‘nothingness’, which we today popularly use as ‘0’. If like me, you’ve struggled and abused square-roots and cube-roots, well, this is the man to blame.
It’s striking that Ramanujan actually dropped out of school due to his failure in understanding the English language thus evolving into a self-taught Mathematician. Most famously he’s known for his offerings in analytical theory of numbers, elliptic functions, continued fractions and infinite series.
She may not have been directly responsible for major inventions, yet she happens to the most well-known female Mathematician. Back then, she’d been tagged as the human-computer after she gave the cube-root of 188138517 faster than the Dallas machine. And here we struggle to memorize our own cell numbers.
Satyendra Nath Bose
Ever heard of the Bose-Einstein condensate phenomenon? Satyendra Nath Bose is the man behind. One of the most famous Mathematicians of all times, his close associations with Albert Einstein led to the discovery of the phenomenon. He was grandly rewarded by the Indian government for his invaluable contributions.
Another renowned Mathematician in the Indian context, Bhaskara stated that any number divided by zero results in infinity. Further, he also declared that the sum of any number and infinity is infinity. He’s famously known for his widely accepted book that captures his work to a great extent, ‘Siddhanta Saromani’.
Listed as the most highly cited researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information, Narendra Karmarkar is another bright mind born as a blessing to the Indian land. He’s widely known, renowned and appreciated for his Karmarkar’s Algorithm for which the Association for Computing Machinery awarded him the prestigious Paris Kanellakis Award in 2000. He’s also known for his work on polynomial time interior point methods for linear programming.
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