A comparison of tactics, techniques and more between the two most popular forms of Math

29 x 67 = 1943 {an average student who knows modern Math can easily solve this in less than 30 second}

495 x 345 = 170775 {an average student who knows vedic Math can also solve this in less than 30 seconds}

Mathematics is a primal part of every country’s educational programme. The study of quantity, space, structure and change that combined represents this unique subject which is considered a crucial part of every school’s curriculum.

Although the basic system of teaching and learning has been purely similar and distinct, Math is fondly popular for being unconventional. It means there is always more than one way to reach at a result without having to disturb the original principle. Such liberty has intrigued mathematical geniuses unfailingly and they have always attempted to introduce new tactics and theorems. One of such discoveries was vedic Math.

Vedic Maths has no legal definition

Although unique in its truest form, vedic maths has always been quite subjective in discussion and never recognized by a proper definition. It is basically characterized to exist in the form of a book that claims to have obtained codes, typically known as ‘sutras’ from the Vedas, ancient Hindu scriptures that date back to 5000 years ago.

The book was a compilation of an Indian mathematician Bharati Krishna Tirthaji and was first published in 1965.

How modern mathematics relates to it?

Regular or modern maths is an assimilation of mathematical concepts starting from the time of Euclid to present day and it is still in development. From counting to calculus, it has been a journey of thousands of years that stretch across various ends of the globe. Many elementary operations or arithmetical concepts find its origin in Vedas from India. Having said that and considering the fact that Zero too came from India, one can easily understand the contribution of ancient India in modern mathematics.

Comparison: Top 10 points of difference

Vedic Maths

Regular Maths

Formulas 16 sutras, 15 sub-sutras
(‘sutra’ is an ancient Hindu term replacement for ‘formula’)
Myriad of formulas
Technique Mental calculation technique. Vedic maths can be entirely done in mind Complex calculation, time-consuming step-wise solving
Methodology Utterly simple, direct, and original Inconsistent and incoherent
Consistency Every sutra and sub-sutra is beautifully interrelated and unified Hotch-potch of unrelated techniques
Approach Simple and fast; more than one way to arrive at results Rigid and detailed; formulas cannot be used variably
Difficulty Below par; sutras are easy to understand and remember Utterly difficult, requires months of practice to catch on
Time to learn One can easily cover the entire course in a month Takes many months to cover courses
Teaching Model Adaptive and dynamic; tailored according to the child’s unique needs Rigid and static
Efficiency Students will gain an exceptional ability for handling large numbers No such advantage
Speed Calculation in a jiffy! 5X faster as compared to other techniques Snail-speed. Have to rely on calculators

Hidden science behind vedic maths

Scientists and mathematician scholars have a very different perception toward vedic maths. They describe it as “an awakening about the living mathematics of nature”. They also claim that deeper understanding of this discipline can help one see complex problems of maths in a whole new form altogether.

Every famous maths genius that you know about like Ramanujan, John Nash, and the most talented Fibonacci to name a few, solved big numbers at lightning speed. Do you think they were following the same traditional method? Apparently not!

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Vedic Mathematics vs. Modern Mathematics