Friday, August 31, 2007

c k raju reins in the giving of credit to george joseph on calculus-from-india story

aug 31st, 2007

as i said before, the calculus information is not new, and has been known to scholars and even lay people for some time. trust the christists to grab credit for that too!

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From: C. K. Raju <c_k_raju>
Date: 27 Aug 2007 01:47:26 -0700

Subject: HT correction of 25 Aug 07 to sensational calculus story

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Hindustan Times, New Delhi, 25 Aug 2007, p 2 carried the following

"The claim made by two British researchers that they were the ones who
unearthed the fact that Kerala mathematicians invented the calculus long
before Sir Isaac Newton (Hindustan Times, August 14, 2007) was incorrect.
The Kerala infinite series have been known to British scholars since 1832.
Recent work on transmission of the calculus was  first done by C.K. Raju,
Editorial Fellow of the Project of History of Indian Science,  Philosophy
and Culture and is published in his  book, Cultural Foundations of
Mathematics: the Nature of Mathematical Proof and the Transmission of the
Calculus from India to Europe in the 16th century. One of the British
researchers, Dennis Almeida, was even warned in 2004 by Exeter University
against plagiarising Raju's work. The error is regretted"