# Re: CCL:Semiempirical programs on IR/Raman spectra

*From*: Ioannis Kerkines <jkerkin \\at// cc.uoa.gr>
*Subject*: Re: CCL:Semiempirical programs on IR/Raman spectra
*Date*: Sat, 25 May 2002 13:05:01 +0300 (EET DST)

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