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Ancient Indian Square Roots: An Exercise in Forensic Paleo-Mathematics

David H. Bailey and Jonathan M. Borwein
The American Mathematical Monthly
Vol. 119, No. 8 (October 2012), pp. 646-657
DOI: 10.4169/amer.math.monthly.119.08.646
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.4169/amer.math.monthly.119.08.646
Page Count: 12

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Abstract

Abstract This article examines the computation of square roots in ancient India in the context of the discovery of positional decimal arithmetic.

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