Row over research on calculus

Published: Saturday 15 September 2007

The recent claim by researchers from the uk that Indian scholars predated Isaac Newton in making a key mathematical discovery has run into controversy. An Indian researcher has alleged that the findings are not new.

The Manchester University had reported on its website on August 13 that according to new research, the 'infinite series'--a basic component of calculus, a branch of mathematics--was discovered by scholars from Kerala about 250 years before Newton and Gottfried Leibnitz. The research was conducted by George G Joseph of this university and Dennis Almeida of the University of Exeter. But C K Raju, fellow at the Centre for Studies in Civilizations, New Delhi, claims he first started the research on transmission of calculus from India to Europe. Almeida later collaborated with him, Raju claims. Joseph has refuted the allegations.

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