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Indian Mathematicians

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Submitted by J Campbell (Brazil), Mar 18, 2007 at 10:21

Indian contributions to learning and knowledge go far beyond the invention of the Zero. The MacTutor biography on a reputed UK mathematician website has this to say about India's ancient mathematician Panini who was one among many brilliant minds that lived 2500 yrs ago:

"Panini should be thought of as the forerunner of the modern formal language theory used to specify computer languages. The Backus Normal Form was discovered independently by John Backus in 1959, but Panini's notation is equivalent in its power to that of Backus and has many similar properties. It is remarkable to think that concepts which are fundamental to today's theoretical computer science should have their origin with an Indian genius around 2500 years ago."

http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Biographies/Panini.html

Its amusing to see Muslims attempting yet another robbery in broad daylight by claiming Zero to be their own. They have been doing this for centuries but only this time, they do not have a sword to shove those lies down everybody's throats.

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