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 Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF)
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 BhāskaraII’s polygons and an algebraic approximation for sines of pi by x
 Origins of the serpent cult and Bhāguri’s snake installation from the Sāmaveda tradition
 Two simple stotras, sectarian competition, and the Varāha episode from the archaic Skandapurāṇa
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 RV 10.78
 The turning of the yugacakra
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 Some poems
 The Kaumāra cycle in the Skandapurāṇa’s Śaṃkarasaṃhitā
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BhāskaraII’s polygons and an algebraic approximation for sines of pi by x
Unlike the Greeks, the Hindus were not particularly obsessed with constructions involving just a compass and a straightedge. Nevertheless, their premodern architecture and yantras from the tāntrika tradition indicate that they routinely constructed various regular polygons inscribed in circles. Of … Continue reading
A sampler of Ramanujan’s elementary results and their manifold ramifications
As we have remarked before, Ramanujan seemed as if channeling the worldconquering strides of Viṣṇu, when he singlehandedly bridged the lacuna in Hindu mathematics from the days of the brāhmaṇas of the Cerapada to the modern era. Starting around the … Continue reading
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A catalog of attractors, repellors, cycles, and other oscillations of some common functional iterates
One of the reasons we became interested in functional iterates was from seeking an analogy for the effect of selective pressure on the mean values of a measurable biological trait in a population. Let us consider a biological trait under … Continue reading
Are civilizational cycles the norm?
Nearly two and half decades back, we used to have several conversations with a late śūlapuruṣīya professor, mostly on topics with a biological angle. While not a mathematician, he had a passing interest in dynamical systems, for he felt that … Continue reading
Some observations on the LekkerkerkerZeckendorf decomposition of integers
In our youth, we learned of a nice arithmetic theorem of Lekkerkerker (more popularly known after Zeckendorf; hereinafter LZ) that relates to the famous Mātrāmeru sequence : 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8… defined by the recurrence relationship . … Continue reading
Relationships between incircles of the “equilateral triangles in a square” system
This note relates to geometric relationships that may be likened to the Japanese templetablet problems. The inspiration for discovering and exploring it came from an origami construction presented by the pioneer in that field, Sundara Rao of Kumbhaghoṇa, in the … Continue reading
Some biographical reflections on visualizing irrationals
In our childhood, our father informed us that, though the school told us that , it was not valid. However, he added that for “small fractions” [Footnote 1] it was a great approximation. Moreover, the numerical problems, which we would … Continue reading
Turagapadādi
This note stems from a recent conversation with a friend, where he pointed out that the graph representing all possible positions the horse (knight) can take on the chessboard from a given starting square produces interesting graphs. It struck us … Continue reading
The shape of dinosaur eggs
Readers of these pages will know that we have a special interest in the geometry of ovals. One of the longstanding problems in this regard is: what is the curve that best describes the shape of a dinosaurian egg? While … Continue reading
Johannes Germanus Regiomontanus and his rod
Even before we had become acquainted with the trigonometric sum and difference formulae or calculus are father had pointed to us that there was an optimal point at which one should stand to observe or photograph features on vertical structures, … Continue reading
Modulo rugs of 3D functions
Consider a 3D function . Now evaluate it at each point of a integer lattice grid. Compute corresponding to each point and plot it as a color defined by some palette that suits your aesthetic. The consequence is a what … Continue reading
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A guillochelike trigonometric tangle
Coprimality, i.e., the situation where the GCD of 2 integers is 1 is one of the fundamental expressions of complexity. In that situation, two numbers can never contain the other within themselves or in multiples of them by numbers smaller … Continue reading
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Bhāskara’s dual square indeterminate equations
PDF for convenient reading Figure 1. Sum and difference of squares amounting to near squares. In course of our exploration of the bhūjākoṭikarṇanyāya in our early youth we had observed that there are examples of “near misses”: . Hence, we … Continue reading
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Conic conquests: biographical and historical
PDF file of same article Studying mathematics with our father was not exactly an easygoing experience; nevertheless, it was the source of many a spark that inspired fruitful explorations and lifelessons. We recount one such thread here, and reflect on … Continue reading
Rāsabhanyāyaśikṣā
Vrishchika had been seeing several kids of patients affected by the chemical leak that had happened sometime ago. While she saw some purely for routine clinical practice, she was also particularly interested in the several cases exhibiting heterotaxy and had … Continue reading
Difference of consecutive cubes, conics and a Japanese temple tablet
Introduction In our part of the world, someone with even a nominal knowledge of mathematics might be aware of the taxicab number made famous by the conversation of Ramanujan and Hardy: the smallest number that can be expressed as the … Continue reading
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The Mātrāmeru and convergence to a triangle
What is presented below will be elementary for someone with even just the mastery of secondary school mathematics. Nevertheless, even simple stuff might present points of interest to people who see beauty in such things. Consider the following question: Given … Continue reading
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Some notes on rational sector triangle triples
Rational points on a unit circle There are some events that happen in the course of ones life that might be considered historical or worldchanging. One such event from our lifetime is the proving of the Last Theorem of Fermat … Continue reading
The blue bottle and the talent show
This story itself is haunted. The deaths Seeing Vidrum intently gaze at something on his phone with an expression of near disbelief Kalakausha asked: “Vidrum, what are you looking at? We need to be leaving shortly. We have to buy … Continue reading
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The minimal triangle circumscribing a semicircle
Consider a fixed semicircle with center at and radius . Let be the isosceles triangle which circumscribes it (Figure 1). Figure 1 What will be the characteristics of the minimal form of the said triangle, i.e. triangle with minimum perimeter, … Continue reading
Chaos, eruptions and rootconvergence in onedimensional maps based on metallicsequence generating functions
bronze_bouncer Over the years we have observed or encountered certain natural phenomena that are characterized by rare, sudden eruptive behavior occurring against a background of very low amplitude fluctuations. We first encountered this in astronomy: most remarkably, in the constellation … Continue reading
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Tagged Bronze ratio, chaos, chaotic maps, Copper Ration, curves, fractals, geometry, Golden Ratio, mathematics, recreational geometry, recursion, sequence, Silver Ratio
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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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Packing constants for polygonal fractal maps
Among the very first programs which we wrote in our childhood was one to generate the famous Sierpinski triangle as an attractor using the “Chaos Game” algorithm of Barnsley. A couple of years later we returned to it generalize it … Continue reading
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Creating patterns through matrix expansion
People who are seriously interested in emergent complexity and pattern formation might at some point discover matrix expansion for themselves. It is a version of string rewriting that allows one to create complex patterns. For me, the inspiration came from … Continue reading
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An apparition of Mordell
Consider the equation: where is a positive integer 1, 2, 3… For a given , will the above equation have integer solutions and, if yes, what are they and how many? We have heard of accounts of people receiving solutions … Continue reading
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The mean hyperbola and other mean functions
Let be two numbers such that, We use to construct a specific rectangular hyperbola using one of the following methods: MethodI (Figure 1: this is based on an approach we described earlier) Figure 1 1) Mark point , which will … Continue reading
The hearts and the intrinsic Cassinian curve of an ellipse
Introduction This investigation began with our exploration of pedal curves during the vacation following our university entrance exams in the days of our youth. It led to us discovering for ourselves certain interesting heartshaped curves, which are distinct from the … Continue reading
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The incredible beauty of certain Hamiltonian mappings
In our teens we studied Hamiltonian functions a little bit as part of our attempt to understand classical and quantum physics. A byproduct of it was a superficial interest in the geometry of some of the mappings arising from such … Continue reading
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Triangles, Hexes and Cubes
One philosophical question which we have often ponder about is: Are numbers “real”? One way to approach this question is via figurate numbers, where numbers directly manifest as very tangible geometry. This idea has deep roots in our tradition: as … Continue reading
Citrabhānu’s cubes
The Hindus unlike their yavana cousins preferred algebra to geometry. Yet on occasions they could indulge in geometric games for demostrating proofs of algebraic relations. We see a bit of this in the Āryabhaṭa school and the great BhāskaraII, but … Continue reading
The Meru and Nārāyaṇa’s cows: Words and fractals
The fractals described herein are based on and inspired by the work of the mathematicians Rauzy, MendesFrance, Monnerot and Knuth. Some their works, especially the first of them, are dense with formalism. Here we present in simple terms the means … Continue reading
Hofstadter and Nārāyaṇa: connections across space and time
The scientistphilosopher Douglas Hofstadter presents an interesting singleseeded sequence H in his book ‘Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid’. It is generated by the recurrence relation, where …(1) Working it out one can see that it takes the form: … Continue reading
Means and conics
By the time one reaches high school one learns that: (i) there are four means that one might find some use of in life (I know there are more though they are hardly used) – the arithmetic mean which is … Continue reading
The square root spiral and the Gamma function: entwined analogies
The topic discussed here is something on which considerable serious mathematical literature has published by P.J Davis, W. Gautschi and others. This partly historical narration is just a personal account of our journey through the same as a nonmathematician. As … Continue reading
Leaves from the scrapbook2
As described here these entries are from the scrapbook of Somakhya. Entry 11; Arasa, year Pramādin of the first cycle: It was our first day at Kshayadrajanagara. I had exhausted all that was there to talk with my cousins Mandara … Continue reading
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Journeying through the fractal slopes of mount Meru with twoseeded recursive sequences
The Hindus have been fascinated by sequences and series from the beginning of their civilizational memory recorded in the Veda. This continues down to the medieval mathematician Nārāyaṇa paṇḍita, who discovered a general formula (sāmāsika paṅkti) that can be to obtain the … Continue reading
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Cobwebs on the golden hyperbola and parabola
The material presented here is rather trivial to those who have spent even a small time looking at chaotic systems. Nevertheless, we found it instructive when we first discovered it for ourselves while studying conics. Hence, as part of recording … Continue reading
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The two squares theorem
I do not know who might have discovered this simple relationship first. I stumbled upon it while drawing figures in the notebook during a seminar. Take any two squares such that they are joined at one side and the two … Continue reading
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Infinite bisections required for trisection of an angle
Figure 1: Selfevident demonstration of Figure 2: Application of the same as serial bisections to trisect the angle. In the example chosen here we have . In ten steps we get to which is a pretty close, though in principle … Continue reading
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Sine rugs
Consider a square lattice with uniform vertical and horizontal spacing of a quantum . This can be represented as an array of complex numbers of the form: . For our purposes we chose . Thus the lattice comprises of all … Continue reading
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The magic of the devaogdoad
Classical Hindu tradition holds that the ogdoad of devas corresponding to their directions is: Indra: East; Agni: Southeast; Yama: South; Nirṛti: Southwest; Varuṇa: West; Vāyu: Northwest; Kubera: North; Īśāna: Northeast. The central position might be occupied in certain traditions by … Continue reading
Trigonometric tangles3: the fractals
See also: https://manasataramgini.wordpress.com/2016/05/06/theastroidthedeltoidandthefishwithinthefish/ This exploration began in days of youth shortly after we learned about complex numbers. It culminated only much later in adulthood when we discovered for ourselves a class of fractal curves related to a celebrated curve discovered … Continue reading
Euler’s squares
On account of our fascination with the geometry of origami (albeit not wellendowed in mathematical capacity) we discovered for ourselves shortly after our father had taught us trigonometry that, We had earlier shown the origami proof for that. But it … Continue reading
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Trigonometric tangles
Let us define a define the trigonometric tangle as the following parametric function: where can be a rational number or an irrational number. and are any real number. If is a rational number and then we get a tangle petals … Continue reading
A strange Soviet construction
in our college days we used to visit the lālpustakbhaṇḍār in our city where Soviet books on science and mathematics were sold at a low price (alongside Marxian literature). They were a great resource that enormously contributed to our intellectual … Continue reading
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Some elementary lessons from iterative fractal maps
The famous Sierpinski gasket was one of the first fractals we wrote code for when we got access to a computer. It impressed us enormously that an intricate object with selfsimilarity over all scales could be generated by a rather … Continue reading
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Some reminiscences of our study of chaotic maps1
Starting in our teens, we began our exploration of chaotic (strange) attractors emerging from simple iterative maps, numerical solution of ordinary differential equations and other fractals inspired by the work of Benoit Mandelbrot. It led us in two directions. First, … Continue reading
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Chaos in the iterative Hindu square root method of the gaṇakarāja
For Hindus big numbers always mattered and our mathematics is quite reflection of this fascination. Since the earliest times, Hindus devised various methods to obtain square roots of numbers, especially approximations of irrational roots correct to multiple decimal places. The … Continue reading
Ramanujan’s second construction for the approximate squaring of a circle
To experience the greatness of great men one has to relive or redo some acts of theirs to the best of ones ability. In ones youth such enactments might inspire one to make a bid for greatness. Whether this happens … Continue reading
Some meanderings among golden stuff2
Related stuff: Golden Ratio0 Golden Ratio1 If the golden ratio can fascinate erudite men of high IQ then what to say of simpletons like us. Hence, we shall here talk about some more trivia in this regard. The golden ratio … Continue reading
Knotting a string: line, parabola, conchoid and knot
The basic construction In course of studying various methods of constructing conics we stumbled upon a means of using the relationship between uniform circular motion (UCM) and simple harmonic motion (SHM) to construct four distinct loci with common procedure. They … Continue reading
A journey through fractal objects
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Some meanderings among golden stuff
There are some angles that we often encounter in the construction of the golden ratio and its use in religious art. The first is the most obvious is the angle which is the angle made by the diagonals connecting a … Continue reading
The astroid, the deltoid and the fish within the fish
As this article needed a lot of figures with some mathematical notation it is being presented as a PDF file: The astroid, the deltoid and the fish within the fish
A biographical journey from conics to ovals
As this article needed a lot of figures with some mathematical notation it is being presented as a PDF file: A biographical journey from conics to ovals This may be read a continuation of earlier notes such as: Ovals, drops, tops … Continue reading
Iamblichus, quadratures, trisections and the lacuna of the cycloid
Today Syria has been turned into a hellhole by the unmādatraya. However, just before the irruption of the second Abrahamism which ended the late Classical world, it was home to great men like Iamblichus. Hailing from a clan of priestchiefs, … Continue reading
The cardioid and the arbelos: the scimitar and the axe
The arbelos of Archimedes, an object most wondrous; it brought pleasure to us, when stalked by enemies, as the old yavana by Romans, who ended for good his days. What is the mystery of the scimitar and the axe which … Continue reading
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Fancies of the parabola and hyperbola
Many revolutionsofthesun ago we were seeking a device that could construct a parabola. We made a discovery in this connection that is exceedingly elementary Euclid for mathematicians, but for us it was an insightgiving philosophical revelation. A parabola can be … Continue reading
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