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1. Is Magicmaths Programme Original?
2. Source of Magicmaths Programme
3. Author of Magicmaths Programme
4. 'Abacus' Programmes!?
5. Vedic Maths!?

1. Is Magicmaths Programme original?

Magicmaths Programme is INDIAN
Magicmaths Programme is ORIGINAL
Magicmaths Programme is GROWING
Prof Doss started writing the Programme in November, 2001
He is still writing and ADDING new material
Magicmaths Programme is flowing from the DIVINE


2. Source of Magicmaths Programme
Sri Mathurakaali Amman

Goddess, Sri Mathurakali Amman of Siruvachur is the SOURCE & KARTHA (one who causes). The Program flows from Sri Mathurakaali through Prof. M A Thiruthuvadoss, since November 2001.

Sri Mathurakaali 'blessed' Prof. Doss to write 'a Maths Book'. She assured him, "The necessary material will appear to you [in Thamizh, ]. Keep a paper and pen handy always and note it then and there, else you will not be able to recollect it (half an hour) later."

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3. Author of Magicmaths Programme



M A Thiruthuvadoss [Prof. Doss]

I am the 'visible' author of Magicmaths Programme.
And I am the only 'team-mate' of Shri Mathurakaali as far as this project is concerned.

I was born on Dec 13, 1939, the second of two sons to my parents - S. Antony and Y. Arockiammal of Mullippadi, Dhindukkal(Dindigul) in Thamizh Naadu (TN), India.

I graduated in Mathematics from St. Joseph's College, Thiruchi (Trichy) in 1958. I started teaching Maths in August the same year in a High School in Pugalur, near Karur, Thamizhnaadu (Tamilnadu). After getting my Master's in maths from Annamalai University in 1962, I worked in Presidency College, Govt. Arts College (both in Chennai, then Madras) and Government College of Technology (Coimbatore) before I moved on to Africa (Ethiopia and Zambia). In the ninetees, I taught Maths in Sydney, Australia.

After returning to India, in 1994, I went to teach in two reputed schools in Chennai in 1998.  After a 30 years gap, I saw how children were 'struggling with maths' like a blind cat jumping on to the rafter in utter darkness.

In November, 2001, Sri Mathurakali told me to write a maths book. As I did not take it seriously, about three weeks later, She ordered me to start the book immediately. I responded by choosing to write the Quick Maths as a compilation of arithmetic short-cuts, to help the children.  Thus the Magicmaths Programme was born.

I have been writing ever since. I am still writing, teaching and lecturing ... to create public awareness to this excellent and unparalleled programme.

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4. ABACUS

Counting Gadgets
Every society developed its own number system but none was good enough. People had difficulty in calculations. So they used pebbles (one society in South America is known to have used maize corns) to count and calculate.


Abacus

These became beads on sand or 'dust'-beds, which later became beads in grooves on tables or boards etc. The best were made by the Chinese with beads on vertical wires in a frame. All these counting gadgets are referred to as abacus (plural abaci).
 
A Roman Counting Board

Bharath Story
But Bharath was an exception. The Bharaths developed their excellent decimal place-value number and numeration system (which the world uses today), the ganitha and their excellent teaching/learning methods. [The Vedas declare that this number and numeration system is, in fact, a gift from Lord Brahma, the Creator.] So Bharaths never needed to use any counting device, not even today.

Bharath System Makes Abacii Redundant
In fact, when this Bharath system of numbers and teaching spread to other countries, the abacus disapeared completely (except China, ...).

Almost A Crime
Today, teaching any abacus related programme to do arithmetic calculations is an excellent commercial proposition with easy money for everyone involved. But it is torturing children; is a retrograde step and is almost a crime.

Magic Maths has nothing to do with the Abacus.

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5. VEDIC MATHS

With due respects to everyone, what is today popularly being talked about as Vedic Maths is:
Neither from the Vedas
Nor Mathematics


1. It is claimed to be the work of H. H. Swami Krishna Thirthaji (1884-1960 A.D.) of Puri Govardhan Peeth. Below is the image of the Swamiji which is from the inside cover of the book
'Vedic Mathematics'- M/s Banarsidas Publications.

Swamiji

How does this 50 years old work become Vedic?

2. This 'Vedic maths' taught, presently, to school children comprises of a few sutras which are interpretted and used in selective conditions and situations 'for fast calculations'.

How does a few manipulation techniques become 'mathematics'?

3. If this stuff is called Vedic Maths, then how would you call
the Sulba Sutras that are dated to be 2500 to 3000 years old?
What about the material in Bhaksaali Manuscript
which is dated to be at least about 1600 years old?
The list continues ...

Magicmaths has nothing to do with this pseudo Vedic Maths stuff.

4. Is Vedic Maths really Vedic or Maths?

Click to read the full article
'Understanding ancient Indian mathematics'
in


"Quite often I find that conversations, with people from various walks of life, on ancient Indian mathematics slide to “Vedic mathematics” of the “16 sutras” fame, which is supposed to endow one with magical powers of calculation. Actually, the “16 sutras” were introduced by Bharati Krishna Tirthaji, who was the Sankaracharya of Puri from 1925 until he passed away in 1960, associating with them procedures for certain arithmetical or algebraic computations. Thus, this so-called “Vedic mathematics (VM)” is essentially a 20th century phenomenon.

Neither the “sutras” nor the procedures that they are supposed to yield, or correspond to, have anything to do with either the Vedas, or even with any post-Vedic mathematical tradition of yore in India. The image that it may conjure up of ancient rishis engaged in such arithmetical exercises as are taught to the children in the name of VM, and representing the solutions through word-strings of a few words in modern styled Sanskrit, with hardly any sentence structure or grammar, is just too far from the realm of the plausible. It would have amounted to a joke, but for the aura it has acquired on account of various factors, including the general ignorance about the knowledge in ancient times. It is a pity that a long tradition of over 3,000 years of learning and pursuit of mathematical ideas has come to be perceived by a large section of the populace through the prism of something so mundane and so lacking in substance from a mathematical point of view, apart from not being genuine."

- S.G. DANI - Professor, School of Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.

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