The Study of History of Mathematical Sciences in India
Part I (1935) and Part II (1938) of the famous History of Hindu Mathematics by B. B. Datta and A. N. Singh were published from Lahore (now in Pakistan), while the promised Part III was never published in its authors’ lifetime. In 1962 a single volume edition (actually a mere reprint of Parts I and II) was brought out by the Asia Publishing House, Mumbai. This was reviewed by G. J. Toomer of Oxford (Math. Reviews, Vol. 26, 1963, p. 1142). He charged the authors of being ignorant of “historical matters” and of having “prejudice against admitting that there was any influence on Indian civilization from outside”. Their theories have been said to be often based on the “grossest errors of fact”.