சம்ஸ்கிருதத்தில் அல்ஜீப்ரா நூல்(Post No.6115)

Written by S.Nagarajan

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Date: 24 FEBRUARY 2019


GMT Time uploaded in London – 6-55 am


Post No. 6115

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  1. Rama Nanjappa

     /  February 24, 2019

    This is welcome news, coming a day not too soon.
    In the 1960s, the idea of “Vedic Mathematics” was popularised by Swami Bharati Krishna Tirtha ( originally Venkatraman Saraswati – Saraswati in recognition of his extraordinary intelligence and proficiency in studies, who adored two Sankara Mutts as the pontiff.) Since then, attempts have been made by others to simplify and even modernise his thesis. But it has not still become mainstream stuff.

    However, a great change for the worse has taken place in the academic climate of India. Up to 1950s and even 60s, Mathematics along with Physics and Chemistry were the first preference of bright students at the university level. But with the 70s came the shift to Engineering and pure mathematics was relegated. Then the school curriculum was also invaded by “New Mathematics”, which led to the near total eclipse of ‘pure’ mathamatics from the academic stream. New Mathematics in fact dulled the faculties and killed the natural instinct for mathematics. In the US, where New mathematics was first introduced, there were books like “Why Johnny Can’t Add” describing how the new system was failing the students, yet it was introduced in India as a progressive step! [ “Why Johnny Can’t Add’: The Failure of The New Math by Morris Kline, 1973 ]

    50 years down the line, the situation is bleaker. Surveys have revealed that 60% of the standard VI students cannot even do simple sums! The tie-up with industry in higher education focuses on subjects and portions of it which are immediately relevant for marketing success, and not for basic maths or sciences. In this scenario, how can one expect Indians to take up serious studies in Maths?
    Unfortunately, there is not even a decent biography of Ramanujan written by an Indian, explaining his mathematical contributions, and their historical significance. How do we expect them to take up ancient Sanskrit texts tucked up in palm leaf bundles! Such effort requires mastery of Sanskrit and Maths- a tough combination! In the circumstances, the effort by Dr.Sita Sundar Ram is all the more praiseworthy. And the publishers deserve our gratitude. Thanks for bringing it to our notice.

  2. Santhanam Nagarajan

     /  February 25, 2019

    super points thanks

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