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June 20, 2021

3 Lessons to Learn from the Father of Mathematics in India: Aryabhata

Aryabhata is considered the "Father of Mathematics" in India. He is the first ancient Mathematician- Astronomer, whose important work includes "Aryabhatiya" and "Arya-Siddhanta". Today, let's learn 3 lessons from Aryabhata - the 𝗙𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲m𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗰𝘀.

3 lessons to learn from the father of Mathematics in India

𝟭. 𝗛𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻

When eclipses were seen as something to be feared, and the concepts of "Rahu" and "Ketu" ruled the mind of the people, Aryabhata was not afraid to make astonishing claims and revolutionized Indian Astronomy.

He dispenses with Rahu and Ketu, explains eclipses as due to shadows of the earth and the Moon, and describes how to calculate their timing and their size. He was not afraid of refuting traditional wisdom if it did not agree with reality.

𝟮. 𝗙𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗮 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗜𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗲

The Aryabhatiya (Aryabhata's book) presented a number of innovations in mathematics and astronomy in verse form, which were influential for many centuries.

Also, he did not use the Brahmi numerals. Continuing the Sanskritic tradition from Vedic times, he used letters of the alphabet to denote numbers, expressing quantities, such as the table of sines in a mnemonic form.

Read: How Aryabhata invented zero and why did he give zero an oval shape?

𝟯. 𝗙𝗼𝗰𝘂𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵

Aryabhata from the age of 23, skillfully researched various fields and recorded his findings in his book, Aryabhatiya.

He is credited to have set up an observatory at the Sun temple in Taregana, Bihar.

He also came up with an approximation of pi and determined that pi (π) is irrational.

He was the first mathematician to give what later came to be known as the tables of sine, cosine, versine, and converse sine to four decimal spots, which brought forth trigonometry.

On this Father's day, this was our way to pay a tribute to the Father of Mathematics in India.

𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝘆 𝗙𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿'𝘀 𝗗𝗮𝘆 !

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