Dani, S. G. and Limaye, Medha
(2021)
On some geometric constructions in the sulvasutras from a pedagogical perspective – II.
At Right Angles (10).
pp. 716.
ISSN 25821873
Abstract
I
n the first part of this article we described briefly
the setting of the sulvasutra geometry and construction
of various basic rectilinear figures with a given area (or
equivalently transformation of shapes into one another, with
the same area). In this sequel we continue on the topic,
branching out along the following themes: Firstly, using
some arithmetic, we discuss conversion of multiple squares
together into one, more efficiently than by simple repeated
augmentation of squares as described in part I. In the second
section we discuss the topic at hand with regard to the
semicircles and circles. The last section is devoted to
discussion of certain constructions which are not found
explicitly in the sulvasutras, but could have been the basis of
some of the knowledge that is propounded in them,
specifically, the Pythagoras theorem and the value of √2.
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