This page explores some ways of finding spiritual values in mathematics, including Vedic Mathematics and a foundational theory based on Vedic Mathematics.
Vedic Mathematics is the mathematics of the ancient Vedic tradition of India. The Vedic tradition is an all-encompassing field of knowledge that is currently being revived through Maharishi Vedic Science. Vedic Mathematics has many definitions and many aspects, ranging from the governing intelligence of the universe to the familiar procedures of practical calculation.
Maharishi’s Absolute Theory of Defence—Sovereignty in Invincibility • mumpress.com/government-administration/a14.html • A 668-page book by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the Transcendental Meditation program. This book describes how the principles of modern science and Maharishi Vedic Science can be used to create invincibility for any individual and any nation. It contains 90 pages on Maharishi Vedic Mathematics and 33 pages on modern mathematics. • In this book, Maharishi describes Vedic Mathematics as the mathematics of the Veda, the mathematics of the governing intelligence of the universe, which calculates instantly, without steps, in a way which is both orderly and evolutionary, on the level of wholeness rather than parts.
Summaries of Published Sources by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Mathematics, including modern mathematics and Vedic mathematics • PDF 200K • Summaries of sections of publications and press conferences in which Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has addressed any subject in modern or Vedic mathematics. • Revised 9 November 2014.
Is Consciousness a Number? How Maharishi Vedic Mathematics Resolves Problems in the Foundations and Philosophy of Mathematics • PDF 100K • How Maharishi Vedic Mathematics resolves problems in the foundations and philosophy of mathematics. Based on my Masters thesis for a degree in Maharishi Vedic Science at Maharishi University of Management. • Revised 8 January 2005.
Dr. Narinder Puri and Dr. Michael Weinless on Vedic Mathematics • PDF 2.5M • Three articles about Drs. Puri and Weinless endorsing the use of the sūtras of Vedic Mathematics, and its connection to the development of consciousness, as described by Maharishi Vedic Science. Includes “Vedic Mathematics: The Cosmic Software For The Cosmic Computer”, a paper presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, 1988.
Vedic Maths India • vedicmaths.org • One of several sites on the system of calculation known as Vedic Mathematics, or Sūtra-Based Computation. This system is based on 16 sūtras or aphorisms and was first published in 1965 by Swāmī Bhāratī Kṛiṣhṇa Tīrtha, Śhaṅkarāchārya of Govardhan Maṭh, Puri, in the east of India. This system uses sūtras and alternative methods of calculation to do arithmetic and other calculations in a way which is easier, more creative, and more enjoyable.
Sūtras of Vedic Mathematics • The 16 sūtras and 16 upasūtras, in Sanskrit and in English translation by Swāmī Bhāratī Kṛiṣhṇa Tīrtha. An alternative system of calculation using these sūtras is outlined in Swāmī Bhāratī’s book Vedic Mathematics. The sūtras can be applied to any branch of mathematics to make it easier and more rewarding.
Numeristics is an alternative, number-based foundational theory for mathematics. Using tools from Vedic Mathematics and other sources, numeristics provides practical, intuitive procedures for developing mathematical structures from a basis in what Vedic Mathematics describes as the absolute number or zero. An extension of numeristics, equipoint analysis, provides procedures for doing calculus by operating within zero.
An Overview of Numeristics and Equipoint Analysis A brief overview of the four papers listed below, each of which is monograph length. The overview paper summarizes key findings. Definitions, proofs, and secondary findings are in the papers below.
Numeristics: A Number-Based Foundational Theory of Mathematics • PDF 500K • Inspired in part by the recent revival of the Vedic tradition of India, as expressed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in his Vedic Mathematics. This paper gives the fundamental ideas of numeristics as they apply to arithmetic and elementary algebra. Numeristics includes an alternative approach to analysis called equipoint analysis, described in the paper below. • Fifth edition, 5 June 2017.
Equipoint Analysis: A Numeristic Approach to Calculus • PDF 700K • Extends the concepts of numeristics to analysis. It develops a theory of analysis based on infinitesimals which are all exactly equal to zero, and infinite values that are their reciprocals. Concepts derive from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Vedic Mathematics, Charles Musès’s analysis of zero and infinity, and Abraham Robinson’s non-standard analysis. This theory uses multiple levels of sensitivity to evaluate equality and defines derivatives and integrals solely in terms of elementary arithmetic operations. • Sixth edition, 5 June 2017.
Divergent Series: A Numeristic Approach • PDF 600K • Infinite divergent series can generate some striking results but have been controversial for centuries. The standard approaches of limits and methods of summation have drawbacks which do not account for the full range of behavior of these series. A simpler approach using numeristics is developed, which better accounts for divergent series and their sums. Numeristics is introduced in a paper above. • Eighth edition—revised 5 June 2017.
Repeating Decimals: A Numeristic Approach • PDF 300K • Derives several theorems on terminating and repeating decimals, along with illustrative examples. It is shown that every rational number has a unique decimal representation, except for a few which have two representations. The criteria by which a rational number has a terminating, pure repeating, or mixed repeating decimal are derived. Using numeristics, infinite decimals on the left side of the decimal point are explored. Numeristics is introduced in a paper above. • Third edition, 5 June 2017.
There is much that is beautiful in mathematics. Here are some forumulas and figures that I particularly like.
Beautiful Arithmetic • PDF 100K
Beautiful Algebra • PDF 100K
Beautiful Trigonometry • PDF 200K • I took a particular liking to trigonometry. This document is a fairly comprehensive collection of trigonometric formulas.
Beautiful Calculus • PDF 100K
Quotations by Kurt Gödel, recorded by Hao Wang in his biographies of Gödel and by Rudy Rucker in one of his books.
Gensler’s Gödel’s Theorem Simplified: Summary and revisions • PDF 300K • A summary and extension of Harry Gensler’s book on Gödel’s famous incompleteness theorem. Gödel’s theorem is widely regarded as technically difficult, but Gensler has developed an admirable framework for a simplified approach which still retains the theorem’s essence. Gensler develops a set of forumulas which go about 90% of the way towards proving the theorem. This document has a revised set which provide the other 10%. • Revised 27 June 2017.
Powers of ten videos • These videos zoom in and out of ordinary objects to show the size scales of physical structures in the universe, from very small to the very large.
Powers of Ten • Charles and Ray Eames • 1977 • youtube.com/watch?v=0fKBhvDjuy0
Cosmic Eye • DanApps • 2012 • youtube.com/watch?v=jfSNxVqprvM
Powers of Ten—Ultimate Zoom • Aurelius • 2010 • youtube.com/watch?v=bhofN1xX6u0
Numberphile • numberphile.com • • A series of short videos (5 to 15 minutes) about numbers and other mathematical topics for the general public. Marvelously clear, concise, and accessible.
Other math videos
Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land • Walt Disney • 1959 • youtube.com/watch?v=AJgkaU08VvY • Donald Duck is guided by the “true spirit of adventure” through the “wonderland of mathematics.”
My Hero Zero • Schoolhouse Rock • Bob McDorough • 1973 • youtube.com/watch?v=zxYsgRsNg2s • The virtues of a powerful nothing.
Famous amateur mathematicians, an annotated list of individuals who have made significant contributions to mathematics without an advanced degree in mathematics.
Below are articles of mine that have been published in academic journals. The citation count is from Google Scholar as of 25 February 2017.
Circular and hyperbolic quaternions, octonions, and sedenions, Applied Mathematics and Computation 28 (1988) 47–72 | 51 citations |
Circular and hyperbolic quaternions, octonions, and sedenions—further results, Applied Mathematics and Computation 84 (1997) 27–47 | 52 citations |
Modular parts of a function, Applied Mathematics and Computation 36 (1990) 63–74 | 2 citations |
Finite Fourier series, Applied Mathematics and Computation 28 (1988) 89–96 | 2 citations |