“Vedic” means from the era of Vedas, an ancient Sanskrit Hindu scriptures. Vedic mathematics is an ancient Indian mathematics which has simple rules called “sutras” and tricks to do large calculations literally in seconds! This ancient mathematics was believed to be rediscover by Hindu Shankaracharya Bharati Krishna Tirthaji in early 19th century. Some British mathematicians took interest in it , understood the concept and gave lectures in western world and thus making it popular worldwide. Meanwhile, Indian mathematicians and teachers also took interest in vedic mathematics along with general popular mathematics. Since old days,many Hindu families teach their children Sanskrit and vedic maths in early childhood to help them in mathematics. But, it was not that popular because of lack of books and teachers. Now with availability of sufficient books and tuition in many cities/towns, Indian students are again learning ancient technique of Vedic mathematics.
How it helps:
Vedic maths has tricks and basic “sutras” formulas which help you to solve large calculations such as multiplications and division during competitive exams like GRE, GMAT, SAT, CAT, GATE or any examination which tests your mathematics ability. It reduces the burden of remembering many formulas, rules, decimals and theorems. Vedic maths provides simple memorizing tricks and teaches you fundamentals about numbers and its various arrangements to find answers to complex calculations. Hindu Rishis (Ancient Hindu scientists), Astrologers, Astronomers, Accountants and Mathematicians used these techniques in their works. By knowing simple tricks and number arrangements from Vedic mathematics, you would be able to “play with numbers”, sharpen your number memory and will be more confident about solving complex mathematical calculations. Kids, students even adults will start taking interest in mathematics which was once boring to them!
Where to start FREE learning:
I have found following websites to understand and learn introductory course on Vedic mathematics. It will provide you some basic tutorials. Rest you can learn from books and clips provided in next section.
If you find more, please share/comment below.
My other relevant post : Famous TED talk @ Vedic Mathematics
How to order books:
By simple search “Vedic Maths” at www.amazon.com gave me 121 results! You can choose anything you wish. However, as per my knowledge and understanding , I would suggest following books
- Vedic Mathematics or Sixteen Simple Mathematical Formulae from the Vedas by Sri Bharati Krisna Tirthaji and V. S. Agarwal
- For KIDS: Master the Basics of Vedic Math Part1 Ages 5 to 15 by Balabharathi.com with CD-ROM
- Vedic Mathematics Made Easy by Dhaval Bathia
- The Power of Vedic Maths by Atul Gupte
- Kindle edition: The Power of Vedic Maths by Atul Gupta
Videos to learn about Vedic Mathematics:
Mr. Alex Bellos saw a video on ‘youtube’ about Vedic Mathematics and amazed by it. He has decided to visit India to see roots of Vedic Maths. Here in first video he talks about his journey about Vedic mathematics, mysticism, Indian history, nationalism and culture. He also wrote a bestseller book “Alex’s Adventures in Numberland”.For more information visit his webpage
Vedic Mathematics: My Trip To Indian To Uncover The Truth
How to Do 3 Digit Multiplications in 5 seconds!
Vedic Maths Tricks
7 Base Multiplication shortcuts /tricks
Cube Roots in Just 2 Seconds
Vedic Maths (Tips & Tricks) – Part 1 /2
Vedic Maths (Tips & Tricks) – Part 2 /2
Amazing maths-Square of number ending with 5 and tricks to multiply by number 12. (by Mr. Venkata SubaRao )
Find the DAY of the WEEK in 20 seconds! (by Mr. Venkata SubaRao )
For more Vedic Mathematics Youtube videos/Tricks from same teacher visit here
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