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Vedic mathematics ….. for dummies? March 10, 2009

Filed under: ancient knowledge,india,mathematics — Radiance @ 8:45 AM
Vedic Mathematics is a system of Mathematics demonstrated in the ancient Indian texts called the Ved (or more popularly known as their Anglicised plural form, the Vedas). According to the website of Vedic Mathematics Academy,
“ ... all of mathematics is based on sixteen Sutras, or word-formulae.
(Sanskrit word ‘sutra’ means formula.) The website also goes on to describe the ease which the Vedic mathematics affords in doing difficult calculations.
 “In the Vedic system ‘difficult’ problems or huge sums can often be solved immediately by the Vedic method. These striking and beautiful methods are just a part of a complete system of mathematics which is far more systematic than the modern ‘system’. Vedic Mathematics manifests the coherent and unified structure of mathematics and the methods are complementary, direct and easy. The simplicity of Vedic Mathematics means that calculations can be carried out mentally (though the methods can also be written down).
The tutorials on the website give examples of simple applications of the sutras, to give a feel for how the Vedic Maths system works. Some great examples of how the maths is made easy are also shown in few of the videos I found on YouTube. One video shows how one can use simple straight lines to multiply two big numbers without knowing the multiplication tables. Another one shows how to square big numbers in your head using simple observation of number patterns. This video sort of implies that Taoist maths is derived from Vedic. The same person also demonstrates how to divide a long number by a small one quickly. There are many such videos that come up but I just wanted to share a few to show you the easiness of Vedic maths. I would like to end this blog entry by once again sharing a few words from the Vedic Mathematics Academy website.
Interest in the Vedic system is growing in education where mathematics teachers are looking for something better and finding the Vedic system is the answer. Research is being carried out in many areas including the effects of learning Vedic Maths on children; developing new, powerful but easy applications of the Vedic Sutras in geometry, calculus, computing etc. But the real beauty and effectiveness of Vedic Mathematics cannot be fully appreciated without actually practising the system. One can then see that it is perhaps the most refined and efficient mathematical system possible.

12 Responses to “Vedic mathematics ….. for dummies?”

  1. mez_G Says:

    I wasn’t aware that there was a decimal-based Hindustani number system…
    Ever use an abacus? There’s complex method reduced to simplicity itself for multiplying..
    I looked at the multiplication sutras, and they are based on a decimal, position-dependent symbols, which I believe are comparatively modern, and based on the Arabic scholars after Muhammad

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