Bhāskara I

Bhāskara (c.600 – c.680) (commonly called Bhaskara I to avoid confusion with the 12th-century mathematician Bhāskara II) was a 7th-century mathematician and astronomer, who was the first to write numbers in the Hindu decimal system with a circle for the zero, and who gave a unique and remarkable rational approximation of the sine function in his commentary on Aryabhata's work.[1] This commentary, Āryabhaṭīyabhāṣya, written in 629 CE, is among the oldest known prose works in Sanskrit on mathematics and astronomy. He also wrote two astronomical works in the line of Aryabhata's school, the Mahābhāskarīya and the Laghubhāskarīya.[2]

Bhāskara I
Bornc.600 CE
Diedc.680 CE
OccupationMathematician; scientist
Known forBhaskara I's sine approximation formula

On 7 June 1979 the Indian Space Research Organisation launched Bhaskara I honouring the mathematician.[3]