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C.M. Whish The first proven European scholar who had the idea that Indian mathematics might have anything of note for the Western scientific tradition was Charles Matthew Whish. The first person in modern times to realise that the mathematicians of Kerala had anticipated some of the results of the Europeans on the calculus by nearly 300 years was ...


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In at least some cases, we know about the contents of lost works only due to later commentaries. For example, this article on Fibonacci numbers explains: Their first known occurrence dates back to around 700AD, in the work of Virahanka. Virahanka’s original work has been lost, but is nevertheless cited clearly in the work of Gopala (c. 1135) [...] The ...


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