Vedic Mathematics is a branch of Mathematics which teaches pattern-observation and faster calculations. It is based on 16 Sanskrit Sutras (aphorisms or word-formulae) using which numerical calculations can be done faster than the conventional methods that are taught in schools. These Sutras are like patterns. After learning these Sutras, one can see one or more patterns in a given calculation and use the appropriate Sutra(s) to get the solution quickly.
History of Vedic Mathematics
The author of Vedic Mathematics, Swami Bharati Krishna Tirthaji, was born to highly learned and pious parents in the year 1884 in Tirunelveli (Tamil Nadu, India). Venkataraman (his earlier name before initiation into the Sanyasa order) was an exceptionally brilliant boy right from his school days. He always loved learning. Sanskrit was one of his favourite subjects. He was greatly influenced by his Sanskrit Guru - Sri Vedam Venkatrai Shastri. Sanskrit was so dear to him that he gained a mastery over the subject at a very young age and for this reason he was awarded the title 'Saraswati' for his expertise in Sanskrit. When he was twenty,
Why Vedic Mathematics
Mathematics involves Thinking. Students try to learn whatever is taught to them in school but are find it difficult to solve a problem that is not taught to them. It's because, they are taught to Learn but not to Think. Every other subject dealt in the academics has some story or images that students can look, understand and learn. But Mathematics does not have anything of that sort. It requires a lot of imagination and visualization. More than anything else, it demands one to be a Thinker to excel in Mathematics. Hence, it calls for a different approach to teach Mathematics. This is exactly where Vedic Mathematics comes into the picture.