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What is Indian . . .? The Question of Proofs

  • P. P. Divakaran
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Part of the Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences book series (SHMP)

Abstract

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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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. P. Divakaran
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  1. 1.KochiIndia

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