Title

How the Indians Predicted Solar Eclipses

Date

6-1-2017 4:00 PM

End Time

1-6-2017 6:00 PM

Location

WUC Columbia Room

Session Title

Presidential Plenary

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Laurie Burton

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

The earliest known document that mentions mathematics in India ever found, the Rigveda, suggests that mathematics was studied in India around 1400 B.C. The most prominent mathematician of the time was Aryabhata, who predicted solar and lunar eclipses, discovered that the sun is 400 times farther away from the Earth than the moon is and contributed to the explanation of the luminosity of the moon and the planets. Aryabhata used trigonometry to explain his findings about solar and lunar eclipses. In fact, he was influential in the definitions of sine, cosine, inversine and versine. It can be surmised that the Indians contributed a great deal to mathematics, especially in the field of trigonometry.

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How the Indians Predicted Solar Eclipses

WUC Columbia Room

The earliest known document that mentions mathematics in India ever found, the Rigveda, suggests that mathematics was studied in India around 1400 B.C. The most prominent mathematician of the time was Aryabhata, who predicted solar and lunar eclipses, discovered that the sun is 400 times farther away from the Earth than the moon is and contributed to the explanation of the luminosity of the moon and the planets. Aryabhata used trigonometry to explain his findings about solar and lunar eclipses. In fact, he was influential in the definitions of sine, cosine, inversine and versine. It can be surmised that the Indians contributed a great deal to mathematics, especially in the field of trigonometry.