Monday, May 1, 2017

Bhaskara the Teacher, 12th century Indian mathematician

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This great Indian mathematician was given the epithet Bhaskaracharya, meaning the Teacher. Son of an astrologer, he headed the observatory at Ujjain, the centre of math and astronomy.

Like Brahmagupta before him, he understood zero and negative numbers. He also devised
four special methods for squaring numbers.

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