Professor Dwivedi Memorial Lecture
Speaker: Dr. Kim Plofker
Department of Mathematics
Union College, New York
Abstract: One of the most remarkable achievements of classical Indian mathematics was its construction of versatile and powerful models for measuring time from astronomical observations. In addition to a great variety of trigonometrically exact solutions to various timekeeping problems, Indian mathematicians also devised numerous innovative algebraic and hybrid versions to make computations more efficient. This talk will explore the development of these ideas from very ancient Sanskrit texts through classic works of Indian astronomy, culminating in the treatises of the renowned Bhaskaracarya in the twelfth century.