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VOLUME
49 NUMBER 4 April 2012 
CONTENTS 
COVER STORY


Ubiquitous
Indo Arabic Numerals 
8 
FEATURE
ARTICLES The Mighty
Zero 
19 
S. Ramanujan – The Keats of Mathematics
Manoranjan Kumar
Singh & Aniket Ranjan

24

Alan Mathison Turing: A Man of Machines 
31

Fascinating World of Mathematicians 
39

Mathematics in Art? 
45

A Curable Cancer Natasha
Das & Juhi Nachane

53

SHORT FEATURE Maths
Play 
42 
FICTION The Cold Story

36 
DEPARTMENTS


REACTIONS

6

EDITORIAL

7 
SPECTRUM

16 
TEST
YOUR KNOWLEDGE

23

HUMOUR

44

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Ubiquitous Indo Arabic Numerals
T.V.
Venkateswaran
The history of numbers and
counting is a fascinating one. Read on to find out more.
The Mighty Zero
Rintu Nath
Zero is a tiny number, but never ignore
it. Without zero, not just mathematics, but all branches of sciences would have
struggled for clearer definitions.
Here’s a look at
the life of a genius, extremely short though it was.
Alan Mathison Turing: A Man of Machines
Manas Pratim Das
The world celebrates the hundredth anniversary of Alan Turing who laid
the foundation for the ‘intelligent machine’.
Fascinating World of
Mathematicians
Prakash Manikpure
Mathematics is said to be the mother of invention in
science. Mathematics has tremendous influence on every kind of human endeavour. It is closely linked to nature as nature loves
symmetry.
Vol.
49, April
2012,
pp 4548
Mathematics in Art?
Neeru Sharma
Do art and mathematics go
together? Mathematical patterns and symmetry make for good art. And artistic colouring allows mathematical information to take on a
visual shape. Most people agree that a conversation between math and art can
inform both disciplines.
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Vol. 49, April
2012, pp 5357
A Curable Cancer
Yuvraj Singh has been diagnosed with ‘extragonadal
germ cell seminoma’ – a form of cancer. But the good
news is that it can be treated.