# Teach India's Simpler Zero-Based Maths!

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**Many fear school maths. Why? ***Compare the pair!*

- Indian Maths was built for ...-3 -2 -1 0 +1 +2 +3... based on science & looking to the stars 628 CE.
- British Maths was built for 1, 2, 3... based on Ancient Greek philosophy & looking to the ground 300 BCE.

So, the maths education ideas the British Empire spread throughout its settlements and colonies were based on ideas that were almost 1000 years out-of-date! You update your computer's operating system every few years. You might also update your phone every few years.

As a historian with decades of learning and research, it's OBVIOUS to me why the world dislikes British primary level maths education. MANY TEACHING IDEAS ARE WRONG!!! The West updated its numerals from the Roman 'MCMLXXXIX' to '1989' (the year my son James was born). Yet my research (download PDF here) reveals the West NEVER updated its thinking from the 7th Century about the true meaning of India's zero and negative numbers! That's truly bizarre! So bridges didn't fall down, many laws and rules were invented to FORCE answers to have the correct answer. Let that sink in a moment. *Many laws and rules of maths we were told to memorise at school were actually workarounds and bug fixes needed to fix broken maths foundations.*

**Let me explain...**

Numbers simply count or measure quantities. In science, the least quantity of mass or energy you can have is zero. However, the British spread a strange idea negative numbers represent quantities that are 'less than zero' which is impossible! So, British maths lessons on negative numbers have been confusing people for centuries.

*Brahmagupta defined zero as a number and wrote the original simple laws of mathematics in the 7th century. Yet the definition of zero and laws of (+ – × ÷) on positive and negative numbers were not understood in the Arabic world!*

Maths is confusing today because Europe got its knowledge of India's maths via the Arabic world. So please sign this petition to request schools teach India's less confusing simpler scientific zero-based maths.

Thank you,

Jonathan J. Crabtree

Elementary Mathematics Historian**www.podometic.in**

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**BACKGROUND INFORMATION**

Elementary maths historian Jonathan J. Crabtree has been studying the history of mathematics since 1983. Today, he is known as a guest lecturer at Indian mathematics conferences, schools and universities. Having reviewed writings in Latin, Greek, Arabic, Sanskrit and many other languages, his presentations reveal how India’s ‘lost’ ancient mathematics is superior to the western maths taught today.

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