20 August 2007

Indians predated Newton discovery by 250 years

A recent discovery by researcher Dr George Gheverghese Joseph from The University of Manchester says the Kerala School in Southern India discovered the 'infinite series'- one of the basic components of calculus in Maths. It was scholars at the Kerala School in southern India and NOT Sir Isaac Newton who discovered the infinite series.

The school discovered one of the founding principles of modern mathematics hundreds of years before Newton according to new research. The estimated discovery is around 1350. The discovery is currently - and wrongly - attributed in books to Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibnitz at the end of the seventeenth centuries.

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.

According to the research team, there is strong circumstantial evidence that the Indians passed on their discoveries to mathematically knowledgeable Jesuit missionaries who visited India during the fifteenth century. That knowledge, they argue, may have eventually been passed on to Newton himself.

The Kerala School of astronomy and mathematics founded by Madhava of Sangamagrama in Kerala, South India.

Source: University of Manchester

About Kerala

'Statistically Kerala stands out as the Mount Everest of social development; there’s truly no place like it' - Bill McKibben

Kerala - God's Own Country
The National Geographic magazine has named Kerala as one of the 'Ten Paradises Found' in the world
The Kerala State Tourism Department has rightly named the state - God's Own Country.
Kerala means the land of coconuts and it is true, every where you can find coconut trees and greeneries.
The state is gifted with greenery and water.
100% Literacy in this State and which is the only one in the world
Festival called Onam which is celebrated by all religions in this state

Kerala is one of world's hot tourist spot.
Kovalam for famous beach in Kerala
Thekkady for wild life in Kerala
Silence from Silent Valley in Kerala
Nature in the Western Ghats in Kerala
Mountains in the west coast of Kerala
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