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International Symposium on Jainism and Mathematics

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Jain philosophy, having always had a pragmatic and empirical view of natural phenomena, espouses the belief that the Universe operates based on certain laws which are inviolable. In this sense it is very similar to current scientific principles. In the ancient Jain literature (400 BC – 800 AD), there are numerous advanced mathematical treatises like set theory, theory of series and sequences, combinatorics, logarithms, number theory, early algebra and trigonometry, varied concepts of infinite numbers, applications of zeros, astronomy, and logic systems. In the last 100 years, many Indian and non-Indian scholars have performed voluminous research studying varied mathematical topics presented in the ancient Jain scriptures and Jain oral traditions, dating back to 1000 – 2400 years ago. The purpose of this symposium is to elaborate upon new areas of research in the field of Jaina mathematics and to highlight the distinct features of Jaina mathematics in ancient Jain scriptures.

We would like see some papers on transmission between Arabic, Greek, Chinese, and Jain mathematics; unpublished Jain mathematical texts in Tamil, Kannada, and other Indian languages and their antiquity; Jain number theory and its uniqueness; earliest positional notations, Jaina concept of infinity and modern infinity; unique and independent contributions of Jain mathematics in the outside world.

Other essays and papers which have discussions on topics such as zeros, number theory, positional numeration in the earlier compiled scriptures or oral traditions are also welcome.

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