Learning Maths

The History of Vedic Math

New insight from ancient wisdom

The ancient system of Vedic mathematics was rediscovered from the Sanskrit texts known as the Vedas between 1911 and 1918 by Sri Bharati Krsna Tirthaji (1884-1960). At the beginning of the twentieth century when there was a great interest in the Sanskrit texts in Europe, Bharati Krsna tells us some scholars ridiculed certain texts which were headed 'Ganita Sutras'—which means mathematics. They could find no mathematics in the translation and dismissed the texts as rubbish. Bharati Krsna, who was himself a scholar of Sanskrit, mathematics, history and philosophy, studied these texts and after lengthy and careful investigation was able to reconstruct the mathematics of the Vedas. According to his research, all of mathematics is based on sixteen Sutras, or word-formulae. 

Bharati Krsna wrote sixteen volumes expounding the Vedic system, but these were unaccountably lost. When the loss was confirmed in his final years, he wrote a single book: "Vedic Mathematics", which is currently available. It was published in 1965, five years after his death. 

Development of further material

A copy of the book, "Vedic Mathematics", was brought to London a few years later, and a young, English scholar by the name of Kenneth Williams was given a copy. He was astonished and amazed by the body of work, that was at that time the only written documentation of this fascinating system of mathematics, at that moment Kenneth Williams started a path that has led him to Math Monkey. Since 1971, Kenneth has been researching and further developing the beautifully coherent system of Vedic math as presented by Bharati Krsna. He is responsible for writing 12 additional books on the subject, as well as for starting the first and now largest community of Vedic scholars in the world at the Vedic Maths Academy. Several schools in London have adopted this system with much success, and it is also being widely taught by schools in India. 

Now more kids can benefit from this system

As Math Monkey's Chief Academic Officer, Kenneth is making this knowledge available through the Math Monkey program. He works diligently to ensure his 37 years of research in the field of Vedic math are held to the highest, most exacting standards. Parents who understand the power of knowledge and appreciate high academic standards can enroll their kids in weekly classes held conveniently in their area. 

With a solid foundation in Mathematics, anything is possible

India is a great example of a culture that embraced mathematics throughout their history, and in turn, has made tremendous strides in mathematics and science. Due to a fundamental understanding of how numbers work, India has made invaluable contributions to the world in the fields of mathematics and science. 

Here are just some of the Indian contributions:

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Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India.

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India invented the numerical system in use today, including "zero".

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The quadratic equations were created in the 11th Century by Sridharacharya.

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The quadratic equations were created in the 11th Century by Sridharacharya.

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The place value system, the decimal system, was developed in India dating back to at least 100 BC.

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Chess was invented in India.

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The world's first university was established in Takshila in 700 B.C.

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Pi was first calculated by Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is now known as the Pythagorean Theorem.

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The solar year as calculated 365.25875684 days in the 5th Century by Bhaskaracharya.

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Sushruta is the father of surgery, where 2,600 years ago, he and health scientists of his time conducted surgeries like cesareans and cataract.

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Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known.

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The art of navigation was born in the river Sindh 5,000 years ago, hence the word "navigation" comes from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH.


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