This is what India has contributed to mathematics

A woman takes part in a math class at the Family Guidance Center women's shelter in Kabul, August 9, 2009.  According to a 2006 report by the UK-based NGO 'Womankind,' anywhere between sixty and eighty percent of marriages in Afghanistan are forced, 57 percent of brides are under the age of 16, and 87 percent complain of domestic violence.  Afghan women suffer from the lowest literacy rate in the world, at 13 percent.   REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (AFGHANISTAN SOCIETY EDUCATION) - GM1E5891MAI01

Mathematics on the Indian subcontinent has a rich history going back over 3,000 years. Image: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Christian Yates
Lecturer in Mathematical Biology, University of Bath
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