Indian mathematicians and scientists made impressive innovations, especially in the first millennium C.E. Information from this unit could be used in math classes, ancient history classes, and those focusing on Indian’s contributions to the world.
Students will come to learn about Indian advancements in math and how they were affected by Indian culture and religion. Through cross-cultural analysis students will compare and contrast advancements in math and science in India, and with other parts of the world.
Two class periods, or one class period and one homework assignment
Handout: India's Work in Math
Access to the Internet for research
Reading comprehension, critical analysis, cross-cultural comparison, and research and writing skills.
The next day, or as homework assignmnet, ask your students to research an Indian mathematician and a European mathematician (preferably contemporaries) for them to compare and contrast in an essay. Have them consider things like the mathematicians’ education, religion, and culture in looking at their discoveries.