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A Passage to Infinity : Medieval Indian Mathematics from Kerala and Its Impact [1] is a book by George Gheverghese Joseph chronicling the social and mathematical origins of the Kerala school of astronomy and mathematics. The book discusses the highlights of the achievements of Kerala school and also analyses the hypotheses and conjectures on the possible transmission of Kerala mathematics to Europe.

An outline of the contents

The Social Origins of the Kerala School
The Mathematical Origins of the Kerala School
The Highlights of Kerala Mathematics and Astronomy
Indian Trigonometry: From Ancient Beginnings to Nilakantha
Squaring the Circle: The Kerala Answer
Reaching for the Stars: The Power Series for Sines and Cosines
Changing Perspectives on Indian Mathematics
Exploring Transmissions: A Case Study of Kerala Mathematics
A Final Assessment

See also

Indian astronomy
Indian mathematics
History of mathematics


Joseph, George Gheverghese (2009). A Passage to Infinity : Medieval Indian Mathematics from Kerala and Its Impact. Delhi: Sage Publications (Inda) Pvt. Ltd. p. 236. ISBN 978-81-321-0168-0.

Further references
In association with the Royal Society's 350th anniversary celebrations in 2010, Asia House presented a talk based on A Passage to Infinity. See : "A Passage to Infinity: Indian Mathematics in World Mathematics". Retrieved 3 May 2010.
For an audio-visual presentation of George Gheverghese Joseph's views on the ideas presented in the book, see : Joseph, George Gheverghese (16 September 2008). "George Gheverghese Joseph on the Transmission to Europe of Non-European Mathematics". The Mathematical Association of America. Archived from the original on 15 April 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
The Economic Times talks to George Gheverghese Joseph on The Passage to Infinity. See : Lal, Amrith (23 April 2010). "Indian mathematics loved numbers". The Economic Times.
Review of "A PASSAGE TO INFINITY: Medieval Indian Mathematics from Kerala and its impact" by M. Ram Murty in Hardy-Ramanujan Journal, 36 (2013), 43-46.
Nair, R. Madhavan (3 February 2011). "In search of the roots of mathematics". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 October 2014.

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