Gaṇitānanda pp 285-289 | Cite as

Varāhamihira’s Calculation of \(^nC_r\) and the Discovery of Pascal’s Triangle

  • K. RamasubramanianEmail author


In ancient time, the Jaina School of Indian mathematics took great interest in the subject of permutations and combinations as is clear from their canonical and other literature. The Bhagavatī-sūtra (dated about 300 bc) is said to have mentioned combinations of n objects taken one at a time (eka-saṃyoga), two at a time (dvika-saṃyoga), three at a time (trika-saṃyoga), or more at a time.

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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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