This book traces the first faltering steps taken in the mathematical theorisation of infinity which marks the emergence of modern mathematics. It analyses the part played by Indian mathematics through the Kerala conduit, which is an important but neglected part of the history of mathematics. "Passage to Infinity: Medieval Indian Mathematics from Kerala and its Impact" begins with an examination of the social origins of the Kerala School and proceeds to discuss its mathematical genesis as well as its achievements. It presents the techniques employed by the School to derive the series expansions for sine, cosine, arctan, and so on. By using modern notation but remaining close to the methods in the original sources, it enables the reader with some knowledge of trigonometry and elementary algebra to follow the derivations. While delving into the nature of the socioeconomic processes that led to the development of scientific knowledge in premodern India, the book also probes the validity or otherwise of the conjecture of the transmission of Kerala mathematics to Europe through the Jesuit channel. The book straddles two domains: science and social sciences. It will be useful to scholars and academics working in the fields of mathematics, statistics, medieval history and history of science and technology as well as individuals interested in history of ideas, links between mathematics and culture and the nature of movements of ideas across cultures.
About George Gheverghese Joseph
George Gheverghese Joseph was born in Kerala, India. His family moved to Mombasa in Kenya where he did his schooling. He studied at the University of Leicester, the United Kingdom, and then worked for six years in Kenya before pursuing his postgraduate studies at Manchester, the United Kingdom. He has travelled widely, holding university appointments and giving lectures at various universities around the world. He has appeared on radio and television programmes in India, the United States, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, as well as the United Kingdom. In January 2000, he helped to organise an International Seminar and Colloquium to commemorate the 1500th year of Aryabhata's famous text, Aryabhateeyam the seminar was held in Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala. In December 2005, he organised an International Workshop at Kovalam which was the culmination of a AHRBfunded Research Project on 'Medieval Kerala Mathematics: The Possibility of Its Transmission to Europe'. In 2008, he gave talks at Loyola University, Chicago, USA and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), reporting on the findings of the AHRB project. He holds joint appointments at the University of Manchester and at the University of Toronto, Canada. He authored the bestseller The Crest of the Peacock: NonEuropean Roots of Mathematics (1991). His other works include George Joseph: The Life and Times of a Kerala Christian Nationalist (2003), Multicultural Mathematics (1993) and Women at Work: The British Experience (1983).Details Book
Author  :  George Gheverghese Joseph 
Publisher  :  Sage Publications India Pvt Ltd 
Data Published  :  01 December 2009 
ISBN  :  8132101685 
EAN  :  9788132101680 
Format Book  :  PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT 
Number of Pages  :  236 pages 
Age +  :  15 years 
Language  :  English 
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