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Is "Hindu mathematics" a European idea? Gleanings on the politics of the history of arithmetics

Abstract : What was the influence of arithmetical traditions coming from India on the mathematics practiced in the mediteranean area? Answers to this question, often addressed to historians of science, still very much need to be investigated. Our ignorance of how the mathematical traditions of the Indian subcontinent have traveled may be due to a lack of available sources to write this history. This article will explore another reason for our ignorance: the story of exchanges has been invested with a number of political issues. In particular, this text will examine how Indologists and historians of science have qualified, during the XIXth century and the beginning of the XXth century, the arithmetical tradition in India. We will discribe how discourses have been understood and reconstructed in a way that still keeps them alive in today's India.
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Agathe Keller. Is "Hindu mathematics" a European idea? Gleanings on the politics of the history of arithmetics. Publicacions de la residència d'investigadors, 38, pp.332, 2013, 978-84-931588-4-2. ⟨halshs-00197160⟩

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