Mekasa Under the able tutelage of his father and teacher Maheshwara a great astronomer, young Bhaskara mastered mathematics, astronomy, Panini Sanskrit grammar, and poetry. The Lilavati focuses on arithmetic and according to a story that was written in a Persian translation of the book, the book was written for his daughter, who was named Lilavati. Lilafati Predictions for December December 1, Bhaskara wrote a number of books but the work that has had the most influence in the mathematics field is the Siddhanta Siromani Crown of Treatises. This influence can be seen in the writings of various Islamic mathematicians.
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Name[ edit ] His book on arithmetic is the source of interesting legends that assert that it was written for his daughter, Lilavati. He put the device in a room with a warning to Lilavati to not go near it. In her curiosity though, she went to look at the device and a pearl from her bridal dress accidentally dropped into it, thus upsetting it.
The auspicious moment for the wedding thus passed unnoticed leaving a devastated Bhaskara II. It is then that he promised his daughter to write a book in her name, one that would remain till the end of time as a good name is akin to a second life.
And tell [me], beautiful one, how much is that product divided by the same multiplier? Also according to the book, the largest number is the parardha equal to one hundred thousand billion. Excerpt from Lilavati Appears as an additional problem attached to stanza 54, Chapter 3.
Translated by T N Colebrook Whilst making love a necklace broke. A row of pearls mislaid. One sixth fell to the floor. One fifth upon the bed. The young woman saved one third of them. One tenth were caught by her lover. If six pearls remained upon the string How many pearls were there altogether?