Why the Greeks did not invent Calculus

2006-12-14T22:02:00

It's well known that Archimedes used the idea of dividing a curve into lots of small polygons in order to compute its area. Had they been comfortable with the notion of inifinity, the Greeks would have invented the Calculus much before Newton and Leibnitz. It is also conjectured that their poor understanding of algebra also resulted in the birth of calculus being delayed by a long, long time. Read More... It might come as a surprise to many people (it was for me) that besides writing hi-tech code, we Indians can bring out quality publications in the area of science and technology. Check out Resonance, a top class journal on science and technology! All the articles are available for free download (just like the one above). The sad thing is that so few people know of its existence. Just check out this list of articles - we have everything from `Mahabharatha Mathematics' to datastructures, error correcting codes, sex chromosomes ..... amazing!!

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