What Euclid is to Europe, Panini is to India: or are they? (NIAS Lecture No. L1-2005)

Staal, Frits (2005) What Euclid is to Europe, Panini is to India: or are they? (NIAS Lecture No. L1-2005). [Audio]

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Abstract: The topic of this evening is the thesis that Euclid is to Europe what Panini is to India. It is a baffling topic because it causes havoc to a widespread prejudice: the myth of the two cultures of sciences and humanities. The sciences, it is said, are exact and rigorous; the humanities seem to lack those qualities and what they offer instead is not very clear. Since Euclid was a mathematician and therefore a scientist, he belonged to a species that is highly regarded and for good reasons. Panini. on the other hand, was a grammarian or linguist - according to some a more marginal occupation. So must we accept the myth and draw the conclusion, that Europe addressed basic and substantial issues but India dabbled in trivialities?.
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Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2014 10:05
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    DOI: 81-87663-57-X
    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/435

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