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hi to all,
I have been trying to find some stuff about the Mathematician in Pakistan, I did not find much! I am a student of Mathematics in Pakistan, I want to know where I can find information about the history of Mathematics in Pakistan. Please suggest!


hi,
Thanks for your response. I would like to get to the book whose title you have mentioned here, the problem I am facing is that the websites have presented the material for the mathematicians in India and Pakistan is a different country, though, of course these two are neighbours, I am exactly interested in the information about Pakistani Mathematicians.

Maybe try the email address on http://www.khwarzimic.org/ --
these folks are interested in modern science but they also
seem inclined to take an historical view, so you may find
some people with shared interests there. I assume you're not
just interested in post-1947 (otherwise you can probably just
ask some old folks) :). But another thing to do would be to
find local historians to ask. You might find some information
here:

http://www.hamdard.com.pk:9090/hamdard.com.pk/publications.jsp

I'd be interested to know if the book Ray recommended turns
out to relevant.

Let me also note that the St. Andrew's site he mentioned *does*
have info on two mathematicians who were born in what is now
"Pakistan" -- if you follow the link to the "clickable map" on
the page he suggested, you'll find Chandrasekhar from Lahore and
Panini from Attock:

http://www-groups.dcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Chandrase...
http://www-groups.dcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Panini.html

You shouldn't be too upset to find someone who was born in
Lahore in 1910 to be listed on an "India" page... but you might
write to the St. Andrew's folks and suggest that they change the
name of the page to "India and Pakistan", since, in fact, that
is what it appears to be about.

Of course, if you find new info, PlanetMath would welcome
new math-history articles.

For history of mathematics on the web, there is the MacTutor history of math web page, http://www-groups.dcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/~history/ , which contains lots of biographies of mathematicians as well as a few general articles like http://www-groups.dcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/~history/Indexes/Indians.html
which should be relevant.

As for printed books, I would recommend George Gheverghese Joseph's book "The Crest of the Peacock". The title which refers to a quote from the Vedanga Jyosita ("Like the crest of a peacock, like the gem on the head of a snake, so is mathematics at the head of all knowledge.") With such a title, this book on the history of mathematics around the world includes, as one would expect, a lot of discussion of mathematics in India and Pakistan.

In general, it might be worth noting that the name Planet Math is somewhat appropriate. Mathematics has always been a worldwide endeavor and ideas have flowed around the world between cultures and countries. In the past, books were copied by hand and transported by caravan. Now, with modern technology, we have the internet, so this interchange of ideas has become much quicker and easier.

Ray

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