Aryabhatta was the first mathematician astronomer from the classical age of India, when mathematics and astronomy were still in their nascent stages of development around the globe. His works have been extensively used by the Greeks and others in the Middle East.
His most famous work was compiled when he was just 23 years old.
While we may all have heard about him, not many know interesting facts from his life. These are given below, and are a must read:
He wrote his book ‘Aryabhatiya’, when he was only 23.
His method to find a solution to indeterminate equations of this type is recognized the world over.
Time, therefore, could be measured all the more precisely.
He also gave a theory on eclipse; he said it wasn’t because of Rahu, as preached by many priests, but because of shadows cast by the earth and moon.
It is visible because it mirrors the light of the sun.
It’s a booklet for every day astronomical calculations as well as a guide to examine auspicious times for performing rituals.To this very day, astronomical data provided in this text is used for preparing panchangs (Hindu calendars).
There is also an Indian research center is called ‘Aryabhata Research Institute of Observational Sciences’.
We hope more Indians would come to know about this master astronomer and mathematician. We really should be proud that we had such a man making such advanced discoveries back in the day when half of the world wasn’t even civilized.