Bhāskara

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By Jit Majumdar

Sometimes transliterated as: Bhaskara, BhAskara, Bhaaskara


  1. creator of light; creator of radiance; illuminator
  2. the Sun; fire; gold; a sculptor
  3. a son of Kaśyapa and Aditī (Hari. Pur.); a mathematician of the 7th century CE (known as Bhāskara I) who was the first to conceive of numbers in the Hindu-Arabic decimal system and use a circle as the symbol for the value ‘zero’, and the author of the treatise Mahābhāskariya; a 12th century mathematician and astronomer (known as Bhāskara II) who was the author of the arithmetical treatise Līlāvati, the algebraic treatise Bījaganita, and the treatise of astronomical mathematics Siddhānta Śiromaņi.