Iterative Numerical Methods and their Astronomical Applications in Medieval Sanskrit Poetry (Yes, really.)
February 11, 2008
Bailey Hall 207
refreshments will be served in Bailey 204 at 4:00 pm
The scientific culture of India from about 600-1500 CE blended astronomy, astrology, architecture, and poetry with some surprisingly modern-looking mathematics to address some fascinating problems whose motivation we still don't fully understand. We will look at the cultural and textual context of one of these problems, and the mathematical strategies that were applied to it. This is an interdisciplinary talk, most of which will be accessible to non-mathematicians.
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