An International Conference on Exploring the History of Indian Mathematics was held at the institute during December 4-6. Conducted in collaboration with the Indian Society for History of Mathematics (ISHM), the conference hosted some of the finest scholars in the field from India and overseas.
Some 80 participants from India and a few foreign countries attended the event. Invited eminent speakers included Professors SG Dani, UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai; PP Divakaran, IUCAA, Pune; Atul Dixit, IIT Gandhinagar; Amartya K Dutta, ISI Kolkata; Clemency Montelle, Canterbury University, New Zealand; Parthasarathi Mukhopadhyay, RKM Residential College, Kolkata; Kim Plofker, Union College, Schenectady, USA; K Ramasubramanian, IIT Bombay; MD Srinivas, Centre for Policy Studies, Chennai; MS Sriram, University of Madras, Chennai; Venketeswara Pai, IISER Pune; and Michel Danino, IIT Gandhinagar. Besides, nine speakers presented brief papers selected from a number of submissions.
The presentations threw fresh light on India’s advances in ancient to twentieth-century Indian mathematics. Some lectures were of a general, popular or historical nature, thus accessible to a wider audience, while others explored more technical issues and methods.
On the second day of the conference, a book on Karanapaddhati of Putumana Somayaji, co-authored by Dr Venketeswara Pai and three other scholars and dealing with special astronomical computation techniques of Kerala, was released by Prof S G Dani.