Aryabhata was an Indian mathematician and astronomer who lived between the years of 476–550 during the period of the famous classical Gupta Dynasty. It is said that during these years, India witnessed a golden period of great cultural growth and made great strides in mathematics, astronomy and literature in India.
One such mathematician and astronomer of this age was Aryabhata. Not much is known about this person. In fact, we don’t even know his name properly. For example there is a lot of confusion if his name was Aryabhata or Aryabhatta with a double “t”. We also don’t know where he came from. Some say that he was from Bihar while some are of the view that he was from Maharashtra and some even claim he was from Kerala. We cannot be certain where exactly he was from. But we do know from this own writings that he was the head of Nalanda University an ancient university of that time that was considered a great seat of learning. It is thought that he was teaching maths and astronomy.
When he was just 29 years old he wrote one of his most famous works called the Aryabhatiya and another popular book of which little remains, the Arya-siddhanta.
This book tries to look at the life of Aryabhata and the works he did and compares his works with other mathematicians and astronomers of his period.
Topics covered in the "Life and Works of Aryabhata"
• Who was Aryabhata?
• World's greatest mathematicians
• Indian mathematicians
• Ancient Indian mathematics
• Indian mathematics
• Introduction to Aryabhata
• Name and place of birth of Aryabhata
• Taregna - The (birth) place of Aryabhata
• The works of Aryabhata
• The Arya-Siddhanta
• Who invented Pi?
• Approximation of Pi by others and Aryabhata
• Aryabhata was not the first to use zero
• The real story of zero
• History of algebra
• Aryabhata and algebra
• Aryabhata and trigonometry
• Indian astronomy and Aryabhata
• Astronomical observations of Aryabhata
• Heliocentrism and Aryabhata
• References and further reading
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