Ancient Indian Mathematics : An Introduction and An Appriciation

Ramatosh Sarkar 
Birla Planetarium, Culcutta

(this article was found in old papers of Dr N C Rana.  

People who have read the Bible know that a part of it, that is referred to as the Gospel according to St. John, commences with the following observations. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." What precisely St. John wanted to convey through that statement, taken as a whole, may be a matter of interpretations and differing opinions, but the first part of it surely permits a straight-forward interpretations the truth of which - in the context of man - is indubitable. "In the beginning was the Word".
For man, in fact, the first and foremost thing has been the 'the Word' - i.e. his language. The fact that he can form ideas in his mind,

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