Teach the Simpler Science-Based Maths of India!

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Many if not most fear maths. Why?

British Maths was built for 1, 2, 3... based on Ancient Greek philosophy.
Indian Maths was built for ...-3 -2 -1 0 +1 +2 +3... based on science.

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

Brahmagupta wrote the original simple laws of mathematics in the 7th century. Yet these laws of (+ – × ÷) on positive and negative numbers were never 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

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

His first paper was on the history of Euclid’s definition of multiplication. Euclid's definition of multiplication had been incorrectly translated into English in 1570 and was NEVER corrected! His next paper explored the writings of Descartes and Newton. Another paper presented in Hungary spanned the writings of Diophantus, Cardano, Euclid, Liu Hui and Brahmagupta. It was in Europe that Crabtree was spotted by Dr. S. R. Santhanam, President of AIMER, who invited him to give similar lectures in India. Crabtree's second tour of India was organised by Dr. D. K. Sinha, President of the AIMT.

Today, elementary maths historian Jonathan J. Crabtree is known as a guest lecturer at Indian mathematics conferences, schools and universities. Having reviewed writings in Latin, Greek, Arabic and Sanskrit, his provocative presentations reveal how India’s ‘lost’ ancient mathematics is vastly superior to the western maths taught today.






AIMER = Associate for International Mathematics Education and Research
AIMT = Association for Improvement of Mathematics Teaching