Archive for June, 2008

More on Raju-Atiyah case

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Here is an interesting conversation on this:

http://www.physforum.com/index.php?showtopic=21821

Higher Education in India

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

— On Sun, 5/11/08, VBSUDR  wrote:
>To: agniirk@…, ammanmadan@…, amman@…, “Prof. Krishna Kumar” ,
sharadbehar@…
>Date: Sunday, May 11, 2008, 3:05 PM

> Dear Friends,

> Higher Education in this country is in
>deep crisis. On the one hand, there is a
>gradual loss of purpose in the Institutions
>not directly linked to the market and on the
>other resources are drying
> up for the> academic institutions. It is
>difficult to exactly pin point
> the reasons for this. In the present
>context the role of academics is being
> redefined. (more…)

Wikipedia: Narayana Pandit 1

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

— On Mon, 19/5/08, rajchak1 <rajchak1@…> wrote:
Subject: [indiantheory] Re: Brahmagupta

2) More important: What is your opinion of the Wikipedia history of Indian mathematics and how can it be revised to diminish what you describe as its Eurocentric focus?

Raj:

Let us try and put together the two things: your desire to try and
correct the Wikipedia, and my idea of exposing it as a means of
perpetuating  myths in history. (I see the inaccuracy of the Wikipedia in history  as generic and intrinsic, since Wikipedia’s primary means of validation  are social indicators.) (more…)

Mischievous Eurocentrism 2: Euclid

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Euclid is one of the pillars of the story that mathematics originated in Greece. But Euclid is a fake. Ask yourself: do you really know of any evidence of Euclid? (more…)

Mischievous Eurocentrism 1: Whiteside

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

— On Mon, 19/5/08, rajchak1 rajchak1@… wrote:
Subject: [indiantheory] Re: Brahmagupta

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Brahmagupta

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

— In indiantheory@yahoogroups.com, “rajchak1″ <rajchak1@…> wrote:
>
> The article “Resonance_brahmagupta.pdf” should be available under
> Files on the options bar at the left of the screen

> The article isn’t super-recent, but I thought it might be of interest.
>

I took a look at this article, and found a couple of amusing things.

The paper starts out by citing M. Atiyah. This is the same Atiyah who in (more…)