Re: CCL:Semiempirical programs on IR/Raman spectra



 On Fri, 24 May 2002, Tapas Kar wrote:
 > "The value of pi was first calculated by Budhayana, and he explained
 > the concept of what is now known as the Pythagorean Theorem. British
 > scholars have last year (1999) officially published that Budhayan?s
 > works dates to the 6th Century, which is long before the European
 > mathematicians."
 One should be very careful when quoting such allegations regarding such an
 important entity in mathematics. The "Rhind papyrus" from Ancient
 Egypt
 dating back to 2000 BC, contains a problem which shows that pi = 4x(8/9)^2
 = 3.16045. The 250 BC value of Archimedes (who comes later than Budhayana
 if you are referring to the 6th century BC) is pi = 3.1418.
 Of course, by no means am I trying to underestimate the truly remarkable
 works of Indian scientists during the years. But the above quotation seems
 to be very popular among Internet homepages (perform a Google search for
 "pi Budhayana" to see what I mean).
 Best regards,
 Ioannis Kerkines
 Athens, Greece