On the Application of Areas in the Śulbasūtras

  • Toke Lindegaard Knudsen


The earliest known texts from ancient India that deal directly with mathematics are theŚulbasūtras. The Sanskrit word śulba (sometimes written śulva) means a rope or a cord, and these texts thus contain the rules of the cord, the knowledge necessary for measuring the arenas and altars used in ancient Indian rituals. Generally dated to the period between 800 and 200 b.c.e., the Śulbasūtras are important documents giving information about mathematical knowledge at an early stage in Indian history.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and StatisticsSUNY OneontaOneontaUSA

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