Mathematician:Mahāvīrāchārya

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Mathematician

Indian mathematician best known for separating the subject of mathematics from that of astrology.

Gave the sum of a series whose terms are squares of an arithmetical progression and empirical rules for area and perimeter of an ellipse.


Nationality

Indian


History

  • Born: c. 800 in possibly Mysore, India
  • Died: c. 870 in India


Achievements

  • Solutions of equations of the forms $a x^n = q$ and $a \dfrac {x^n - 1} {x - 1} = p$


Publications

  • c. 850: Ganita Sara Samgraha ("Compendium of the Essence of Mathematics" or "Compendium of Calculations"), an updating of Brahmagupta's Brahmasphutasiddhanta


Also known as

Mahāvīrāchārya literally means Mahāvīrā the teacher.

Often referred to as just Mahavira.


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