Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Indians beat Sir Isaac by 250 years!

According to the research conducted by Dr George Gheverghese Joseph from The University of Manchester, the 'Kerala School' from south west India identified the 'infinite series'- one of the basic components of calculus - in about 1350.

It is a huge blow to the European scholars who have been priding themselves with the 'invention' by Sir Isaac Newton and German scholar Gottried Leibniz in the late 1600s.

The team from the Universities of Manchester and Exeter reveal the Kerala School also discovered what amounted to the Pi series and used it to calculate Pi correct to 9, 10 and later 17 decimal places. This was essential to today's maths, physics and engineering.

Nevertheless, the achievement of Newton can't be denied when it comes to the algorithms of calculus.

But according to the researchers, "..other names from the Kerala School, notably Madhava and Nilakantha, should stand shoulder to shoulder with him (Newton)..".

Full news article can be found by clicking here.

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