Ganga Devi, 1987-88 Madhubani style

Ganga Devi, 1987-88 Madhubani style

Rohit Gupta has a keen interest in the history of mathematics and science and shared this image of a traditional Indian diagram.

Snake diagram for worship on Nagapanchami festival (Ganga Devi, 1987-88 Madhubani style)


In the same way as historians of science now see alchemy as being a type of proto-chemistry, a precursor to modern science….one can see in Indian tantric traditions a hand reaching out towards abstract mathematics. In this image of the Naga, the artist has tried to represent a concept we today know in mathematics as ‘space-filling curves‘….

~ Rohit Gupta


Vidyut is a blogger on socio-political issues in India. She strives to provide independent commentary with a strong rationalist voice.