Britain Must Return India's Bakhshālī Manuscript with Oldest Zero

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Rudolf Hoernlé, a Christian missionary who studied the Bakhshali Manuscript stole India’s precious manuscript and gave it to Oxford University in 1902.

It's likely the world's most important mathematical document is the Bakhshālī Manuscript.

Written on birch-bark in Sanskrit, it is the world's oldest extant document to use a zero symbol. It was written by a Brāhmaṇa identified as the “son of Chajaka”.

It was found in the North-Western region of British India in 1881.

The most comprehensive research to date appears in a book by Takao Hayashi titled The Bakhshālī Manuscript: An Ancient Indian Mathematical Treatise

Such a precious document does NOT belong to descendants of the British Raj.

This document belongs in India - not in the hands of its former British masters!

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Jonathan J. Crabtree
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P.S. Next step? Once we have 10,000 signatures I will request India's Minister for Culture Shri Prahlad Singh Patel officially apply for the return of India's manuscript via the following website URL.

Having initially studied economics at the University of Melbourne, Jonathan J. Crabtree is an autodidact, studying the history of mathematics since 1983.

In 1968 at age seven, Jonathan J. Crabtree noticed a 398-year-old problem with his teacher’s explanation of mathematics. India’s zero was missing from England’s 1570 definition of multiplication.

Having been perplexed by this and other maths education errors during his school years, at age 21 Crabtree found himself in a hospital facing bleak news. If he moved, he might never walk again! With both his dreams and spine shattered, he prayed for a miracle and promised to fix maths if he ever walked again.

Today, elementary maths historian and founder Jonathan J. Crabtree is a guest lecturer at schools, universities and mathematics conferences. Having reviewed writings in Latin, Greek, Arabic, Sanskrit and other languages, his provocative presentations reveal how the foundations of Ancient Bharatiya (Indian) mathematics are vastly superior to many western ideas taught today. Follow him on Twitter @jcrabtree