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  • Presentation on the contribution of Indian mathematicians: Mathematics-A Journey from zero to infinity

    The ppt presentation on Indian mathematicians’ contributions to the development of Mathematics was held on 3Rd February 2024 at Kamala Devi Sohanraj Singhvi Jain College of Education. The event aimed to explore and recognize the significant contributions made by Indian mathematicians throughout history and their impact on the field of mathematics globally.
    In the beginning, honourable principal Dr. Sadhana Jha addressed the need for trainee teachers to be aware of the ancient knowledge system of India. After referring to National Mathematics Day, she also emphasised how developing an understanding of the contributions of Indian mathematicians can be enlightening for students.
    The presentation commenced with how mathematics was and how it has evolved over the years. The audience was then taken back in time to prehistoric mathematics as the presenters attempted to trace the roots of Indian mathematics during the Vedic period.
    Then the foundational contributions made by mathematicians of ancient India like Aryabhata, Brahmagupta, Sridharacharya, and Bhaskaracharya were highlighted who provided the groundwork for various mathematical concepts, including the concept of zero, decimal system, and trigonometry.
    The focus then shifted to the contributions of modern Indian mathematicians. The participants were enlightened about the work of Srinivasa Ramanujan, often referred to as the “Man Who Knew Infinity.” Renowned figures like Shakuntala Devi, Satendranath Basu, P.C. Mahalanobis, C.R. Rao, and others were discussed for their impactful work in various branches of mathematics, including linear algebra and matrix theory.
    Finally, the different organisations related to mathematical research and advancement like Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Indian Statistical Institute, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, and Chennai Mathematical Institute were referred to before concluding.
    The ppt slides were presented by the students from the first semester and it proved to be an enriching and enlightening experience for everyone. Attendees left with a deeper appreciation for the historical and contemporary impact of Indian mathematicians worldwide.

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