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I recently came across an excellent book on popular mathematics by Martin Gardner. The book is such an intellectual stimulation and Martin does a great job in explaining and simplifying seemingly complicated theories in Mathematics. It can be mistaken as one of those “Dummies” book, but definitely much more than a mere introduction to mathematical theory and puzzles. Gardner arouses in the reader a passion for math and makes it really fun. I quote Keith Devlin of Stanford University and he had this to say on Gardner:
“Newton said that his many mathematical accomplishments came because he stood on the shoulders of giants. For those of us who have tried to make mathematics accessible to a wider audience, there is one giant who towers well above anyone else: Martin Gardner.”
In the chapter on Palindromes, Gardner talks about so many interesting facts on Palindromes and the interesting research carried out in this field of number theory. Palindrome is usually defined as a word, sentence or a set of sentences that spell the same backward and forward. The term is also applicable to integers that are unchanged when they are reversed. Palindromes have their analogues in other fields: melodies that are the same backward, paintings and designs with mirror reflection symmetry, the bilateral symmetry of animals and men.
But one thing really caught my eye. When Gardner published his article on Palindromes in Scientific American there was a response from George L. Hart who was one of the reader of Gardner’s article. Dr. Hart’s letter (which was published in Scientific American, 1970), offered a classical palindrome in Sanskrit, a poem of 32 syllables called Sarvatobhadra – ‘perfect in every direction.’ It goes something like this:
Such beauty and symmetry in the poem and in the language of Sanskrit. By the way check a limited preview of Martin Gardners book here. Also George Hart himself is an authority himself in the languages of Sanskrit and Tamil having obtained his PhD from Harvard University and an Emeritus Professor at UC Berkeley.
Thanks to Sanskrit Links
The Sanskit Classics Literature site by Desiraju Hanumanta Rao giirvaani is recast in to another geocities’ site termed desirajuhrao with clickable convenience to reach translations of Valmiki Ramayana, Gita Govindam,
Ritusamhaaram, Kumarasambhavam, Raghuvamsham, Harivamsham (work in progress), Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya, Bhaarata saavitri, and Nataraja Symbolism.
This is the title of the book I just finished and I should say its one amazing read and I finished it in 2 reading sessions. Its about a mother's story of her daughters' incredible gift for Sanskrit. The family is incredibly blessed with visions and experiences of divine intervention when they needed it the most. The author's daughters Andrea and Sara show an uncommon penchant for Sanskrit when they are about 9 years and surprisingly comfortable with very complex verses in sacred texts.
The book also mentions some very uncommon occurences(for us to comprehend in our daily lives). In one instance when Linda Forman(the author) is meditating at a meditation retreat, she finds herself 9 feet away from where she initially sat. In the words of others who were sitting with her, she was literally FLYING! She closes her eyes to meditate again and there she finds herself back to her original position and everyone sees her flying through air. In another incident she has several visions and omens during the birth of her son. The family experiences innumerable hardships but each ordeal only made them only stronger and in fact was a blessing.
This is a definite must read for someone even slightly inclined towards spirituality or Sanathana Dharma. Reading this has only increased my resolve to learn Sanskrit in an organized way.
P.S. The sisters chant Sanskrit as a part of a pop band and they call themselves Shanti Shanti. Check them out at http://www.shantishanti.com