Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Brahmagupta Essay

Brahmagupta wan an Indian astronomer and mathematician born in Bhillamala city, in the state of Rajasthan. Due to the success of his work, in literature of the time he was referred to as the teacher from Bhillamala. Bramagupta was not only and astronomer, but a brilliant mathematician as well. As a mathematician, he was revolutionary for his time as he was the first to compute with 0 and devised rules to work with zero. His mathematical prowess is by no means exaggerated, as he created an ainterpolation formula for calculating the value As well as creating the rules that are used today for doing math with negative numbers. As an astronomer he was one of the first to accurately calculate a year, calculating it to be 365 day, 6 hours and 5 minutes however he was a little off, as the true length of a year is a little under 365 days and 6 hours. He was also extremely interested in the moon, probably because it was the one of only things that could be easily studied with out optical amplification. He studied solar and lunar eclipses and the mechanics of the moons crescent as well

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