Archive for September, 2009

Is Science Western in Origin?

Friday, September 11th, 2009

 क्या विज्ञान पश्चिम में शुरू हुआ?Is Science Western in Origin? 
My new books:
Is Science Western in Origin?

(Multiversity and Citizens International, Penang, Dissenting Knowledges Pamphlet Series No. 8, ed. Vinay Lal)
 (Daanish Books, New Delhi)
will be released by Dr Ashis Nandy and Shri Prabhash Joshi at Hindi Bhawan, New Delhi (Near Gandhi Peace Foundation, ITO), at 6 p.m. on Friday, 11 Sep 2009.
More details at


The link to the press release has a map to locate Hindi Bhawan, between Gandhi Peace Foundation and Ajay Bhawan.
Please do come, and join in the discussion. 

“Learned” Yellow Journalism

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Strange! Normally, it is authors who want journals to review their books. Here, the editor of a journal was writing to the publishers and the author, soliciting a review copy!

The reviewer shamelessly admits that he has ignored the bulk of the book! To justify this strange act he claims that only the first two chapters of the book are relevant to the journal (and to philosophy of mathematics).

Indeed, the new philosophy of mathematics proposed in the book—namely the  idea that sunyavada (or zeroism) can be and was historically used as part of a realistic philosophy of mathematics—is proposed and argued only from chapter 3 onwards! The book also compares this new philosophy with the misunderstandings about the calculus which led to the philosophical errors of Descartes, Galileo, Newton, etc., which errors still persist in the Western belief that limits are required and validate the calculus.

(This was published on another blog in March 2009. Serious reviews of Cultural Foundations of Mathematics can be found at Naturally, the Wikipedia,  mentions only this two-chapter review of the book!)