Vedic Maths

Through the incredibly great Indian History, Mathematics has always occupied the finest place in India’s scientific heritage. Mathematics is universally regarded as the science of all sciences. The crowning glory of Indian Mathematics was the invention of Zero and the introduction of Decimal notation – without which mathematics as a scientific discipline could not make much progress. Indian Mathematics (Vedic Mathematics) is a living discipline with a huge potential for diversified modern world applications.

According to Sir J F Herbert Everything that the greatest minds of all times have accomplished towards the comprehension of forms by means of concepts is gathered into one great science, popularly known as Mathematics.

It’s uncertain as to when the Vedic Literature actually began but according to modern historians, the Vedas(Rig veda, Sama veda, Yajur veda, and Atharva veda) began to be developed in about 1600BC. In the course of time, much of the vedic tradition fell into stagnancy. Then in the 19th centuary scholars took again took interest in the vedas. Then Sri Bharti Krishna Tirathji after lengthy and careful investigations produced a reconstruction of ancient Indian Mathematics based on 16 sutras, together with a subsutra.

Vedic Mathematics is not only a sophisticated tool but also an introduction to ancient civilization. It takes us back to millennia of India’s cultural and scientific heritage. It is rooted in the ancient vedic sources which heralded the dawn of human history and illuminated by their erudite exegesis. Vedic Mathematics deals mainly with various mathematical formulae and their applications for carrying out tedious and cumbersome algebra equations and to a large extent try to execute these formulae mentally. Vedic Maths is a unique system of calculations based on simple rules & principles, with which any mathematical problem – be it arithmetic, algebra, geometry or trigonometry – can be solved orally. Further it offers us the choices of doing the calculations with different methods and ways also. Calculation can be done both ways, from left to right and also right to left and in the end same result can be obtained. In this way an overall development of the child easily and permanently takes place and their creativity levels are boosted above the roof.

Calculating with the help of this ancient system is like entering Playway School where every step is taken according to the minds of tiny tots and not by any rule. In this system multiplication becomes a game of additions and also subtraction is done with addition. Division can be a process of multiplication and addition. The simplicity of approach exposes the top-heavy processes of our logic-driven world.

Natasha M. McKnight

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