What is Indian . . .? The Question of Proofs
Just as the search for what is Indian in Indian geometry turned quickly into a comparison with Euclid, so is an inquiry into what guarantees the correctness of general mathematical statements – how did Indian mathematicians know that their propositions were ‘true’? – best initiated through geometry, and for the same reason: we have in Euclid’s deductive system an unambiguous standard, within a certain epistemic framework, with which comparisons can be made.
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