History & Evolution of Vedic Maths

India has a rich, diverse and intellectual past.

India is applauded and known the world over thanks to its contributions, advancements, and achievements in many fields since time immemorial. It is one of the greatest ancient civilizations and because of its glory and heritage, it is respected worldwide.

India gave solutions to the world’s problems. Through its ingenious solutions, it helped the world advance and progress especially in the fields of science and mathematics.

‘Zero’ is one of the greatest contributions from the times of Aryabhatta in the 5th century. India also invented the decimal number system which is used to this day among other mathematical concepts. India had a series of astronomers and mathematicians like Bhaskaracharya, Brhamagupta, Madhava etc who worked relentlessly and made path-breaking achievements possible.

It is in this context that a spiritual guru who was also a mathematician wrote a book in the early 20th Century in India. As the legend goes, he went into solitude in the forests of South India between 1911 and 1918, meditated and researched for nearly a decade and came up with an ingenious way to speed up mathematical calculations – mentally.

Much has changed, after over 55 years since the book was published. The academic student community, in general, loves the methods given by Tirthaji. It is important for mental mathematics and its importance among competitive exam aspirants cannot be denied.

The rise of the internet only led to making Vedic Maths popular and most needed to make Maths fun and interesting rather than dull and boring. A search on Google generates over 35, 90,000 results as we speak in 2020.

A talk was given on TED on YouTube titled ‘The Magic of Vedic Math’ by Gaurav Tekriwal in New York, an active advocate of the subject generated over 3 million views. This is perhaps the talk that introduced Vedic Maths to students worldwide in the 21st century.

A wide range of books are now available on Amazon and some of them can also be found on Kindle, Amazon’s e-book store. Hundreds of Mobile apps are now available on Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store to learn Vedic Mathematics. Some of them also use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning so that you can better learn the system.

A knowledge that was criticized is now commanding the attention globally thanks to the falling numeracy levels in those countries.

There are thousands of students studying Vedic Maths online via websites like Udemy and SkillShare. On-demand Satellite DTH operators like Tata Sky beam Vedic Maths programs pan India through their channels. There is live online training that goes on round the clock to train more teachers in the field to have a better understanding of Vedic mathematics.

In India, Vedic Maths is being introduced in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Bihar, Silvassa and Punjab. A lot of academic as well as entrepreneurial interest is there in many countries including India, the United States, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Philippines, UAE, Syria, Ghana, Tunisia, etc.

It is no doubt that we can safely say that Vedic Mathematics is India’s newest gift to the World.

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