man of Indian origin recently won the Fields Medal
man of Indian origin recently won the Fields Medal. This is considered the Nobel, or the highest prize, for excellence in mathematics. Manjul Bhargava has path-breaking contributions as a researcher in mathematics, one of the biggest of these achievements is to have solved a 200-year-old mathematical problem.
How did he do this? Bhargava says he was able to do this by reading old Sanskrit manuscripts stored by his grandfather Purshottam Lal Bhargava who was the head of the Sanskrit department at the University of Rajasthan. There he found out about the work of the 7th century Indian mathematician Brahmagupta, and he realised, using Brahamagupta’s work that he could solve a problem unresolved for two centuries.