By Jena Griffiths | June 3, 2014
When Arvind Prasad asked me if I’d like to do an interview on Vedic Maths I thought “Oh my gosh, what has this to do with anything I normally cover? Still, his claims that it is fun, creative and works the way the brain works piqued my curiosity.
So what is Vedic Mathematics?
Vedic Mathematics is the name given to the ancient system of Indian Mathematics which was rediscovered from the Vedas between 1911 and 1918 by Sri Bharati Krsna Tirthaji (1884-1960). BKT figured out that all of mathematics, simple calculations to highly complex equations, can be solved using sixteen Sutras, or word-formulae.
This is a fascinating subject and, after listening to what Arvind explained, it seems to me that Vedic maths is something that should be taught to all school children. Much of it we are doing anyway without realizing it. We then try to learn another way (school imposed) and end up perhaps with a mental block about maths.
Arvind walks us through a few of the sutras and how to apply them to simple calculations.