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A modern glance at Nārāyaṇapaṇḍita’s combinatorics1
For improved reading experience one may use the PDF version. Students of the history of Hindu mathematics are wellacquainted with Nārāyaṇapaṇḍita’s sophisticated treatment of various aspects of combinatorics and integer sequences in his Gaṇitakaumudī composed in 1356 CE. In that … Continue reading
Posted in Heathen thought, History, Scientific ramblings
Tagged combinatorics, Hindu mathematics, Hindu science, mathematical entity, mathematics, nArAyaNa
Kaiṭabha, poison and death: meanderings through tradition
For better reading try PDF version The medical Suśrutasaṃhitā, kalpasthāna, chapter 3 contains an unusual mythologem about the origin of poison. It clearly belongs to the Prājāpatya tradition and presents some unusual features. It presented in full below: prajām imām … Continue reading
Big fruits and dead giants
The fruits of the elephants nāgo bilvam ivākramya pothayiṣyāmy ahaṃ śiraḥ  alabhyām icchatas tasya kīcakasya durātmanaḥ  Like an elephant seizing a bilva [fruit] I will crush the head of that evil Kīcaka who desires that which ought not … Continue reading
Posted in Heathen thought, Scientific ramblings
Tagged elephant, extinction, fossils, human existence, mammoths, mastodonts, megafauna, Megatherium, proboscidea, proboscidean, sloths
Pearl necklaces for Maheśvara
Śrīpati’s pearl necklace for Maheśvara The brāhmaṇa Śrīpati of the Kāśyapa clan was a soothsayer from Rohiṇīkhaṇḍa, which is in the modern Buldhana district of Maharashtra state. Somewhere between 1030 to 1050 CE he composed several works on mathematics, astronomy … Continue reading
Nārāyaṇa’s sequence, Mādhava’s series and pi
The cointoss problem and Nārāyaṇa’s sequence If you toss a fair coin times how many of the possible resultsequences of tosses will not have a successive run of 3 or more Heads? The same can be phrased as given tosses … Continue reading
Posted in Heathen thought, History, Scientific ramblings
Tagged approximation for pi, coin toss, constant, Euclid, fibonacci, Geometric construction, geometry, Golden Ratio, hexagon, Hindu mathematics, history of science, mAdhava, mathematics, nArAyaNa, pentagon, pi, sequence, series sum, tribonacci
Matters of religion: the Vāyavīyaṃ Kauberavratam
The bus came to halt at the underground stop. Vrishchika of pretty tresses got off the bus and walked up the stairs to reach the overbridge. She reached the middle of the bridge and stood there looking out expectantly at … Continue reading
Posted in Heathen thought, Life
Tagged atharvaveda, evolution of religions, goddesses, gods, Hindu ritual, IndoAryan, IndoEuropean, IndoIranian, kubera, religion, Rigveda, rudra, shiva, Story, varuNa, vAyu, Veda, Yajurveda
The Platonic culmination of Euclid and the pentagonhexagondecagon identity
Why did great sage Pāṇini compose the Aṣṭādhyāyī? There were probably multiple reasons but often you hear people say that he wanted to give a complete description of the Sanskrit language. That was probably one of his reasons but was … Continue reading
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Tagged Geometric construction, geometry, Golden Ratio, Greek, Hindu, Plato, polygons, polyhedra, recreational geometry, religion, triangles, trigonometry