Ancient Indian history raises many problems. The period before the Christian era takes on a haziness that seems to have prompted opposing reactions. There are those who make excessive claims for the antiquity of Indian mathematics, and others who go to the opposite extreme and deny the existence of any “real” Indian mathematics before about AD 500. The principal motive of the former is to emphasize the uniqueness of Indian mathematical achievements. In this view, if there was any influence, it was always a one-way traffic from India to the rest of the world. The motives of the latter are

EP - 371 ET - STU - Student edition PB - Princeton University Press PY - 2011 SN - 9780691135267 SP - 311 T2 - The Crest of the Peacock T3 - Non-European Roots of Mathematics (Third Edition) UR - www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt7sdsb.12 Y2 - 2020/07/15/ ER -