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Overlooking mathematical justifications in the Sanskrit tradition: the nuanced case of G. F. Thibaut

Abstract : How did the narratives of the history of Indian mathematics explain the tradition of mathematical justifications that existed in medieval Sanskrit commentaries? When the German philologer G. F.Thibaut published a translation of a set of Vedic geometrical texts in 1874 and 1875, he established that India had known other mathematical activities than `practical calculations'. Thibaut's philological work and historiographical values determined his approach to these texts and provided a bias for understanding the reasonings and efforts which establish the validity of algorithms in this set of texts.
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Agathe Keller. Overlooking mathematical justifications in the Sanskrit tradition: the nuanced case of G. F. Thibaut. History of Mathematical Proof in Ancient Traditions, Cambridge University Press, pp.260-273, 2012. ⟨halshs-00150736v2⟩

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