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## Sunday, March 29, 2015

### BrahmaGupta, Ancient Mathematician-concept of ‘Negative Numbers’ & Theorem on Cyclic Quadrilaterals

Brahmagupta (Sanskrit: ब्रह्मगुप्त) was an Indian mathematician and astronomer who lived between 597–668 AD and wrote two important works on mathematics and astronomy: The Brāhmasphuṭasiddhānta in 628 AD (Correctly Established Doctrine of Brahma) which is a theoretical treatise, and the Khaṇḍakhādyaka, a more practical text.
He is believed to be born in Bhinmal (in Hindi भीनमाल, which was originall known as Bhillamala in ancient days) which is in present day Rajasthan and he was known as Bhillamalacarya (the teacher from Bhillamala) and later went on to become the head of the astronomical observatory at Ujjain in central India.
Brahmagupta was the first to give rules to compute with zero.
Most of his works are composed in elliptic verse, a common practice in Indian mathematics at the time, and consequently have something of a poetic ring to them. But since no proofs are given(found), it is not known how Brahmagupta’s mathematics was derived.
The historian al-Biruni (c. 1050) in his book Tariq al-Hindstates that the Abbasid caliph al-Ma’mun had an embassy in India and from India a book was brought to Baghdad which was translated into Arabic as Sindhind. It is generally presumed that Sindhind is none other than Brahmagupta’s Brahmasphuta-siddhanta. That is how an important link between Indian mathematics, Astronomy and the nascent upsurge in science and mathematics in the Islamic world formed.

## Brahmagupta’s work in Mathematics

Arithmetic :
In his work on arithmetic, Brahmagupta explained how to find the cube and cube-root of an integer and gave rules facilitating the computation of squares and square roots. He also gave rules for dealing with five types of combinations of fractions. He gave the sum of the squares of the first n natural numbers as n(n + 1)(2n + 1)⁄ 6 and the sum of the cubes of the first n natural numbers as (n(n+1)/2)2.
Usage of ZERO :
Brahmagupta stated that ‘When ZERO is added to a number or subtracted from a number, the number remains unchanged.
A number multiplied by ZERO becomes ZERO.
Positive and Negative numbers usage :
His statements about debt(negative numbers) and fortune(positive numbers) are :
A debt minus ZERO is a debt.
A fortune minus ZERO is a fotune.
Zero minus Zero is a Zero.
A debt subtracted from Zero is a fortune.
A fortune subtracted from Zero is a debt.
Zero multiplied by debt or fortune is a Zero.
Zero multipled by Zero is a Zero.
Product(multiplication) or Quotient(division) of two debts is a fortune.
Product of Quotient of two fortunes is a fortune.
Product of Quotient of a debt and a fortune is a debt.
Brahmagupta established the basic mathematical rules for dealing with zero (1 + 0 = 1; 1 – 0 = 1; and 1 x 0 = 0), although his understanding of division by zero was incomplete (he thought that 1 ÷ 0 = 0). Almost 500 years later, in the 12th Century, another Indian mathematician, Bhaskara II, showed that the answer should be infinity, not zero (on the grounds that 1 can be divided into an infinite number of pieces of size zero), an answer that was considered correct for centuries. However, this logic does not explain why 2 ÷ 0, 7 ÷ 0, etc, should also be zero – the modern view is that a number divided by zero is actually “undefined” (i.e. it doesn’t make sense)
Before Brahmagupta, the result of 3 – 4 was considered to have no answer or at the most as ‘0’. But he introduced the idea of debt(negative numbers) and showed how to borrow and subtract to attain a negative number.
Furthermore, he pointed out, quadratic equations (of the type x2 + 2 = 11, for example) could in theory have two possible solutions, one of which could be negative, because 32 = 9 and -32 = 9. In addition to his work on solutions to general linear equations and quadratic equations, Brahmagupta went yet further by considering systems of simultaneous equations (set of equations containing multiple variables), and solving quadratic equations with two unknowns, something which was not even considered in the West until a thousand years later, when Fermat was considering similar problems in 1657.

## Brahmagupta’s Theorem on cyclic quadrilaterals:

Brahmagupta dedicated a substantial portion of his work to geometry and trigonometry. He established √10 (3.162277) as a good practical approximation for π (3.141593), and gave a formula, now known as Brahmagupta’s Formula, for the area of a cyclic quadrilateral, as well as a celebrated theorem on the diagonals of a cyclic quadrilateral, usually referred to as Brahmagupta’s Theorem.