Gaṇitānanda pp 143-158 | Cite as

The First Unenumerable Number in Jaina Mathematics

  • K. RamasubramanianEmail author


The definition of asaṃkhyāta (“unenumerable”) numbers in the ancient Indian Jaina Schools is linked to their cosmography according to which the Jambūdvīpa (“Jambū Island”) is circular in shape and has a diameter \(D_0\) equal to one lakh yojanas. It is surrounded by a series of concentric rings (or annuli) of sea and land alternately (see Fig. 1).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cell for Indian Science and Technology in Sanskrit, Department of Humanities and Social SciencesIndian Institute of Technology BombayMumbaiIndia

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