## Abstract

This article was written as a reaction to several publications

in the Netherlands on methods of mental calculation,

which have been presented as “Vedic mathematics.” The adjective

“Vedic” suggests that these methods date back to the

ancient Vedic period before 500 BCE.1 In this article I will

first give two examples of genuine Vedic mathematics. After a

brief intermezzo on the decimal position system and decimal

fractions, the so-called “Vedic” methods of mental calculation

will be identified as the inventions of a twentieth-century

Guru. More information on the subject can be found in [3].

in the Netherlands on methods of mental calculation,

which have been presented as “Vedic mathematics.” The adjective

“Vedic” suggests that these methods date back to the

ancient Vedic period before 500 BCE.1 In this article I will

first give two examples of genuine Vedic mathematics. After a

brief intermezzo on the decimal position system and decimal

fractions, the so-called “Vedic” methods of mental calculation

will be identified as the inventions of a twentieth-century

Guru. More information on the subject can be found in [3].

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 24-27 |

Number of pages | 4 |

Journal | Pi in the Sky |

Volume | 8 |

Publication status | Published - 2004 |

## Keywords

- Wiskunde en Informatica (WIIN)