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Ideas of Calculus in Islam and India


Article shows how Newton's ideas of finding formulas for areas under curves and of using infinite series to represent functions were anticipated in 11th century Egypt and 16th century India by, respectively, al-Haytham's computation of the volume of a paraboloid and Jyesthadeva's calculuation of infinite series for trigonometric functions. Article originally published in Mathematics Magazine in June of 1995.

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http://www.maa.org/programs/faculty-and-departments/classroom-capsules-and-notes/ideas-of-calculus-in-islam-and-india
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Creator(s): 
Victor J. Katz
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Janet Beery
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MAA, Classroom Capsules and Notes
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MAA, Mathematics Magazine and Classroom Capsules and Notes

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