When viewed in this light, the achievement of the unknown Hindu who some time in the first centuries of our era discovered the principle of position assumes the proportions of a world-event. Not only did this principle constitute a radical departure in method, but we know now that without it no progress in arithmetic was possible.
It is [in India] that the ingenious manner of expressing all numbers in ten characters originated, by assigning to them at once an absolute and a local [positional] value. a subtle and important conception, of which the simplicity is such that we can [only] with difficulty, appreciate its merit.
A wise man, if he sees a rainbow in the sky, must not point it out to anybody.
Did you know?
The name crocus, for the flowering plant and source of saffron, is very likely ultimately descended from Sanskrit kunkumam (कुङ्कुमं) by way of 'Semitic', Arabic, and Greek.
Aryabhata I, wrote his famous astronomical treatise, Aryabhatiya, in 499 CE when he was only 23 years old.
In 1965, an American combined a black American Shorthairs with a sable Burmese to create a new breed of cat which she named Bombay. Bombays are sleek and muscular with shiny midnight-black coats.
The person credited with discovering legendary jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald was a Bardu Ali, his name a corruption of Bahad(o)ur Ali. He was the son of a peddler from Bengal who had settled in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century.
The Panchen in Panchen Lama is a portmanteau of the Sanskrit pandit and the Tibetan chenpo (meaning great).
The Turkish film Avare, released in 1964, is a remake of Raj Kapoor's Awara (1951) which was a huge hit in Turkey.
Robert Clive was gifted an Aldabra giant tortoise in the mid-1700s which he named Adwaita. It passed away about 250 years later in 2006.
In 2001, there were just over one million Ho's in India. The Ho tribe can be found in the states of Jharkand and Odisha.