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Albert Einstein about India

"We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made"

edit: source : http://goo.gl/gyPjv  & this is posted along with the custom image to enhance the quote  and not to malign the Great Scientist.

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Its also a reminder for us to reach back that times of glory.
 
Friends, post the great scientists who have contributed !
 
gr8 ppls admire others as well;  

in sankrit there is a saying which says " fruitful trees & excellent ppls are humble in nature"
 
Can someone point to a source for this quote? While widespread on the net, it seems made up since its not even clearly true.

There have been great Indian contributions through time, operating on zero and negative numbers among them - counting? i think this is a dubious claim.
 
I love my India. Jay hind. 
 
+Stephen Brown Hi, from India :-)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_mathematics
It has a place where the counting practices being learnt from china, but again, those times, it was share of culture exchange. Even beyond, the vedic times, gave the practice of counting, and that is really old. I can count upto a hundred easily just by using the four fingers (not fore fingers), from both hands. That practice is given to us from vedic times when you chant verses for a number of times. I think that itself is a big proof on the counting practice from ages old.
the method is there in this doc :-)  :: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:VEe7PU-xUMkJ:xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/2785355/1431845714/name/Sandhyavandana%2BAvatharikai%2B-%2BPart%2BXV.doc+&hl=en&gl=in&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgl3zixV_FIvdXO5JNhoBPgWkAVR3xgv386s_RzFkL8XlyX0-EeMvITXqbzq-vLGWIoOpy3Rj5-O6PtAh0jkNv0t-5Wx1HEMxff9GoHI2jOPLmVZZgaDUKV5ard-mgYuiyDGeA9&sig=AHIEtbQAHXBsL3SScKNmqL6N0qpqqtx69w

Now, Albert Einstein, if the quote is, as is made, may be is referring to the numbers that is with zero, and thus we have the cycle in numbers and thus the counts established... My interpretation, and I could be wrong.
But beyond that, Am sure, Indian science has it greatest roots that just went faded away, Some of the practices followed, I  have seen so many things, that are eco friendly and gives a clean solution for plastic free world, We have just given them away without any good reasoning.
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+Stephen Brown The so called Arabic Numerals, which composed of (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) were in fact developed by Indian. I think the 'counting' might be refering to this fact. It depends how you interpret it.
 
eat a cow for lunch or just starve. pure genius civilization there.
 
I gotta just put this out here Albert E. Stein is fake for all the Indians in here there was never an Albert Einstein period this is an American writer who made him up one evening while he was having soup an crackers look it up its in the National ENQUIER BOOK 111 Honest abe will verify as well
 
congrats you photoshopped something he did not actually say.

also the Mayans invented base ten. just an fyi.
 
The Ancient Mesopotamians could count before the Indians.
 
Match the same alphabets, and have fun.
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He never said that and photo look FAKE. Pls. don't post such think. I am proud of my country's PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE. ANdI don't need Albert to certifi it
 
According to achaeological and historical records, the Mesopotamians were the first to invent counting, the written word, the wheel and almost all that makes us "civilized" today.
 
Got my respect to him in world knowledge...
 
Thanks Jeff.  That is just what I have read, anyway.
 
Indians discovered zero they're world hero..........
 
There's no source for that quotation that can be traced earlier than 1997; it might sound nice, but it's nothing Einstein actually said.
 
Africans developed counting. There is evidence of this. Indians did expand on it greatly though, once Africa and Indian conducted trade. 
 
I think it was the Mesopotamians, but I could be wrong, but this is what the archaeological and historical evidence suggests.
 
Albert Einstein is wrong in his ideas about counting.The process of counting could not have stopped at that juncture. 
 
its thanking the indians, because they developed the "arabic" numerals: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, etc
 
100% agree with tyler Gilliett. By mistake Aryabhata born in India India is so much serious about zero that he becomes zero now.
 
Zero (Sifir) and algebra comes from Arabia, not India. 
 
I am Indian but don't feel shy while accepting that 99 out of 100 don't understand the mathematics

How poor and on what you proud think on it.
 
Whenever I hear, "Indians are number 1" I think they sound like Americans!
 
+India
Totally crap. Ein never said that thing in his life. Don't post and make fun of your self or your country.
 
Some Indian people that I have known have been really funny...we had a good laugh.  Also Indian food is one of my favorites. 
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4 out of 3 Americans do poorly at math :D
 
Look somebody has to take credit for it. There are plenty of "first" to go around for all.
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Nice post. NOT, and whats up with the indians?
 
Indian people should stop public masturbation of their culture. Grow up.
 
Source?  This looks like a fake quote to me.
 
What today's scientists' discoveries do is just confirm our ancient Indians theories
 
Well said Chinmay!  There are good things about India and bad things, like everywhere else.
 
Can't you see guys! Those text were retouched. It does not look like a real thing at all.
 
We Indians owe the current, sad, divided state of our country to the British. Not only did they steal us of all our riches, but also created a great internal division in our community so that we may never return to our former glory.
 
Often its not what you know, its all about what you will do with what you already know I guess Indian having discovered counting didn't do much with what they knew
 
let's b proud of this ,when Eminent personality like' ALBERT EINSTEIN' Has written 2 say what Indian's r about India their Inteligence  thank u.
 
+Aasheesh Ashish
If you can find a source for the quotation prior to 1955, show me.  The earliest source I can find is 1997.  Therefore = fake.
 
Its not a real quote people. Sheesh.
 
In the words of Marilyn Monroe the most sexiest man she's ever met
 
Indians? The people of present country India or the people who Columbus found in Amerika at his arriving there?
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Wow. Let's argue about zero. Read it. Think about it. Move on. I honestly believe it is a part of the human condition to one-up each other about anything. Mayans, Africans, Indians, incorrect all of you. EARTH HUMAN thought it up then shared it. Neptunians didn't bring it here from their planet.

What's the fuss about who did what first?
 
Alber aiten decuvrio la ley de la relatividad de la tirra
 
American Indians..... 
Fly Ski
 
I don't care about Albert Einstein!!!!! What the !@#$.
 
above Ein said ,is this true ? If it is true ,plz give where/which book written this quotation.
 
Ok. So, what happened between way back then (when counting was "invented") and now? Also, while the assertion might be true, where is the source that Albert E. actually said this? The photo is most likely a fake (i.e., photoshopped).
 
Isn't anyone troubled by the fact that Albert is writing in English? All his papers, notes and correspondence were in German and Math.
 
Why would he even write something like that on a chalkboard so someone could take a picture?
 
From '33 on, he was a US resident and academic.  Pretty sure he wrote a lot of English on chalkboards in his time.  :P

+Chris Lichowicz - use your head, FFS.
 
wow.  Did no one realize this is a joke?  "One little two little three little Indians.  Four little five little six little indians....."They are talking about American Indians - not from India Indians.. (not trying to be insensitive)
 
Firstly, all the quotes made up by Einstein Quotes are exactly that. He portrays Einstein as something he was not, saying things that he never actually said at all. IMO he should be banned from Google+.

Secondly, the introduction of the decimal system was not that big a deal in the scheme of things. Greek mathematicians achieved great things without it. The introduction of negative numbers was far more important.
 
india civilised the world 
 
Maybe they taught us how to count, but no offence, i hope some of them can learn how to respect women.
 
They taught who to count? People have been. Counting since before India was ever thought of. Ever read the Bible?
 
Words from the great person for the great person ! he didn't know the fact that 80% will not understand his words ! 
 
1940 India is most powerful source of independence. I'm very proved ,I'm a Indian.
 
Maybe I'm just ignorant, is there some hidden meaning?
 
Sorry but that were Arab (Muslims) here even a genius is wrong
 
HOAX Through and through.
The fellow died in 1955.  The picture shows him rather young compared to the one taken before his death.
So, the young Einstein depicted here must be in early 40s if not 30s.  Then India was under British rule.
 
This is not correct. Humans have been counting centuries before India have ever been recorded.
 
I do believe it was in India where the earliest record of counting which included a zero!
 
Why you all as hindu, muslim and people live / lived there use india word. While we locally named "Bhart".

Why u known your motherland as others identify ??

This is about self respect !!!
 
Photoshopped Einstein writing on the board is disgusting and disturbing. Please do not edit historical evidence to suit your own needs and desires. In the real photo, Einstein is writing "Rik = oi" on that blackboard. You obviously thought it was clever to change that to some text that makes Indians look good, but by doing so you've essentially done the equivalent of calling yourself "cool". It has the opposite, this picture has slightly lowered my opinions of Indians.
 
Truth is everyone counting as western world count it.
LOL !!!
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Westerns are followers of Easters...
 
+Lundy Ke. I agree this is the stupidest argument to enter and people are actually fighting over a trivial matter! It doesn't matter we invented the zero or the Mayans did fact is we all use it so no point discussing, let Indians be happy believing we discovered it and let the others be happy Mayans did. End of story, move on people
 
In my humble opinion, India is a totally legit place. From the culture to the people to the food (ghost chilies are grown in India) and the fact that the majority faith; Hinduism, is not evangelical aka Hindu practitioners donor try to convert others make India cool in my book.
 
I like indians,indians people are the most beautiful in the world
 
By Indians, he meant "Native Americans in the United States"
 
discovery of 0 by d gr8 astronomer aryabhatt was d most imp as without it ur counting wouldnt have gone beyond nine n neither in negative....jai hind......
 
Yea, only a mathematical fizzisist would say such a thing. Math based on man made axioms and rules has nothing to do with science. Numbers don't exist, they aren't located in the universe in various places floating around. GR, SR, QM, ST, black holes, fields, force, 0D particles, and waves have nothing to do with existence and reality. 

http://monkeyminds.hubpages.com/hub/The-REAI-Scientific-Method
 
Baudhayana discovered what later came to be known as Pythagoras ...Aryabhatta discovered the value of Pi and the concepts of Trigonometry..
Here is one link giving a short background info on the subject  -- 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_mathematics
Ramanujan was another recent India phenomenon -- some of his theories were so advanced that till recently no mathematician could follow them -- some of them were proved only recently..
Indian mathematical tradition is a long one..if we care to discover..
(--till the native Indian education system was destroyed by the Britishers)..
 
east or west INDIA is d best...and wil alwys be....
 
Gratitude, wisdom and brains- I just figured out what the current global political culture is lacking.
 
Yes, we Chinese call call 1,...,9 Arabs numbers, +1
 
This credit goes to The India and the great astronomer Aryabhatta
 
book for the world.. 'sex lies politics the naked truth' Larry Flynt.. true soldier.
 
+Imrhankhan Shajahan you are so wrong. Groups are Civilized in different ways. To another nation, any other nation could not be civilized. Its just an opinion.
 
Is Indians from india or native Indians......sorry for my ignorance
 
Amanulla Rana is right! its Arabs who gave counting to the world.
One example is of sifar or cypher or cipher. -  ZERO. There was no zero until Arabs contributed it in mathematics
 
They invented the '0' only as far as we use it today. Asia used the '0' also but in a little different waay.
 
This is so fake, I didn't have to look at it for more than a second. Why? 1. Look at the length of Einstein's arm in order for him to write the top line he'd have to practically stand on his tip-toes and bend his wrist at a very  awkward angle. 2. I've seen this same picture tons of times the only difference between before and now is the writing on the board, this is the only time I've seen this picture with that writing. 3. Notice in the lower right hand corner, there's a website, I went to it and it is a photo editing site. This photo is undeniably fake!
 
That is photoshop guys he never wrote that 
 
This is photoshop true..but this is a quotation of Einstein..
 
+cuma cosgun The proof is the web site in the corner is a photo editing site. I'm surprised no one picked up on that little detail.
 
I believe the first counting, which also included zero and negative numbers was first recorded in the book Brahmasputha Siddhanta from the 5th century. Also the earliest use of  a numeral system was the brahmi numerals from about 300BC. Al-Kindi, an Arab philosopher, then wrote many important mathematical works including Indian numbers around the 8th or 9th century. From the Arab states it followed a path around the mediterranian, and finally entered Europe as Arabic numerals via Spain.
 
I love my India. Jai Aaryawart.
 
... also for nice selection of fonts and photoshop job
 
+India No. it is still wrong! Humans could still count before using the '0' in this way. its just a different way. 

I can say that this way is better. But to say that India taught humanity to count is wrong. Whats right is to say 'India created the current way to count'.

There has been scientific discoveries before the '0' was used like we do today.
 
it was native Americans not those from India
 
There are quotes and there's faking photography...
 
Im not saying India taught the world to count, that would have been done for a long time before, but the use of zero and negative numbers, the use or numerals to then create any number you like as big as you like and the concept of infinity, definitely has to be a corner stone for modern mathematics. Modern mathematics would not be possible without this.
 
Give it a few more years! India will show the world what it is capable of; its going through some crap now but those issues are internal. It's a developing country and is moving through the phases. The whole world wants to trade with India and had been doing for the past 100s of years irrespective of who worked out the maths. Indians are known for Business and Trade and hospitality. What is your country known for? Wars? Conquer & divide? Terrorism? Exactly. Look at yourselves before typing ridiculous posts. Indians here are just being proud of being Indian. Take your "bs" elsewhere. Thanks. Peace. Proud to be sikh. Proud to be Indian. 
 
Insaan tab tak successfull nahi ho sakta jab tak usme jeet ka jajjba na ho....jajjba hi use uski manjil tak le Karl jaata hai
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A que si. Hasta los corruptos se han beneficiado. Quien lo huubiera pensado!??
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+India You can't just go on and add pictures of someone to a quote.. You are misleading...
 
Albert was very fond of gaundi. And he even has a radio tecording of himself speaking about india and gaundi way before 95. Better get a more up to date history book Tyler Gillet.
 
If it is true then really great. ?.
 
The Pic was definately a fake pic ...ppl plz dont take it personal... we all know its not true,... JusT EnJoY d FuNnY CoMmEnTs & PiC...!!! GOOGLE+ is for entertainment .. NOT FOR FIGHTS B/W NATIONS...!!!
 
+Tod Salvador
Can you point me to a source - a book, article, speech, interview - prior to April 18 1955, that has this quotation?  That's when Einstein died.  If this quotation doesn't appear in anything prior to that date - and it doesn't - then he didn't say it.  Seriously, this is basic historic method here.
 
Anyway we always respect scientists.Of course they go mad for some thing.
 
Tyler. It's not as though someone is going to get a medal today? What's with childishness? 
 
Indian have much talent & he always search the peace and want to serve the poor people.............................
 
I didn't know the Sumerian where from India.
 
Wonder if we would be living in a better world if instead of saying BS about each others countries each of you were applying E's legacy for the sake of human kind...
 
native indians, or punjabi indians..he isnt really specific for a genius now is he lol
 
+Tyler Gillett  Sir THIS PIC IS ONLY FOR FUN...!!! SORRY TO HAVE HURT YOUR SENTIMENTS...!!! Plz accept the Apology...!!! :O
 
a+ll means everybody is same there is no difference between sex or any human. everybody is = 
 
but you don't know about INDIA,that's why you say dude.......
you search about indian philosophy then talk with me
and you find everywhere indian that serves all over the world............
 
 
Sorry China, India, or Mesoamericans? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/0_(number)#History Also Mesopotamians and Greek/Romans had earlier uses of Zero. I don't care really, but I think the idea that any one culture is responsible for a mathematical concept is odd. For instance Algebra is claimed by Arabs yet so many cultures contributed including India, China, Egypt, Babylonians, Geeks, etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_elementary_algebra  Instead I like to think that Mathematics has never belonged to any singular culture and different cultures, separated by centuries and thousands of miles, tend to arrive at similar and somewhat consistent ideas when it comes mathematics. It's the universal language. :D
Kiran V
 
Proud to be indian
 
india india -i loved the place /the people the food the ancient cities/the costumes/life is lived there from the ground up---not like here were everything is sterialised pasturised and cleaned within without above below -and you dont see wild anamals walking down the main st/the amazing thing is that some germs bugs do survive /the plastic society is here to stay
 
G+ sucks now because of all the fake stuff people post just to get views. And people like you all that are gullible as shit that believe everything they read. It's really tough to have any faith in the human race - it's embarrassing how small minded society has become. 
 
wtf? How did indians teach us to count _?
 
Whether Albert said it or not!! I am proud of my India! And as a Human I respect others. I hope one day we have one Nation - Nation Earth !! No matter which part of earth we are, we would love it whole nt just a part !! Impractical right nw I guess bt world will b bttr place if possble!! 
 
If you notice the font, this was added to the board and Albert Einstein did not write this. Not an authentic picture! 
 
i thot e=mc squared was on d board... 
 
+Susan Hawley no world is perfect..if u say everything is pasturised and cleaned y do people in your vicinity get sick? :P they should leave for 100 or maybe a 1000 years if thats the case :P as time moves on things always change  for the better or worse.u can t be sweet 16  for ever same way India is also changing but in a slow pace don t be offended though but its the truth :)   .
 
Iproud of it be an INDIAN
 
+prijesh rajan Well we won't get there by people claiming invention of things that clearly can't be attributed to any one culture. For instance, in the US ignorant people like to claim the car without appreciating the monumental historical evidence otherwise. Zero, trigonometry, cubic/quadratic equations, and algebra, been around since Babylonians 1200 BCE and earlier. Sorry. :( I agree with the one world nation, the human nation.
 
.. without which no gambling casinos featuring table games would ever be legal in the continental United States...

Photoshoop uber alles.
 
I think they need to look up definition of "source"
 
but you read biography of Einstein and read what he say about india.........ok.you have less knowledge so don't talk more about this matter. 
 
I thought the Arabs invented zero or the concept of zero
 
+James Nelson. : yeah right!! Never understood y we argue/fight who invented what, which country is best n all !! Every country n its ppl are special ! Its just d politics dat makes ppl enemy!! We are a species n we shud try to live in harmony!! Really glad ppl share my view! :) I knoe one thing past is past ; we shud work toward future and with love together!! :)
 
Zero was invented by Arab scientists. It is still called Arabic Numbers today.
 
H may not have been talking bout india
 
Y do we hv to love i don't tinge i still have a hart to love any one like any gals
 
+India , "enhance the quote  and not to malign the Great Scientist." 

And you went and did it using the medium which is more prone to misinformation. That image without your 'textual context', is WRONG. I wish you didn't do that.
 
It wasn't an insult, just something I thought I read, correct me if I'm wrong by all means, otherwise go fuck yourself O.K
 
why was my mom on tha couch last night and yeah i stood up all night and played games fool i knoe my mom better than you do btw you were adopted
 
Apparently this quote is attributed to Einstein: http://hinduism.about.com/od/history/a/indiaquotes.htm  I also like Mark Twain's quote.  India has a rich history, but I think more significant than zero, is the calculation of massively large numbers which is somewhat unique among ancient cultures (with the exception of some Mesoamerican cultures). Again, Einstein says count, not Zero specifically, and I believe he was talking about the early counting theorems that were stolen by ancient cultures like the Chinese, Arabs, etc. 
 
At the end of the day, who cares? I don't understand when people have pride in something that some random stranger that lived in the same basic geographic area as them accomplished centuries ago rather than something they've accomplished themselves. I'm an American and white, but I take zero pride in any accomplishments done by other Americans or white people; what does any of that have to do with me? Maybe if I were a racist or rabid nationalist I would see things differently.
 
Remember the past or be condemned to repeat its mistakes to badly quote someone
 
Looks fake. Why should he write something like that on a board?
 
By Giving Zero(0) and point(.) to the world. 
 
Sounds great, but there are a lot of Americans acting today as though they have won something because a black man was re-hired to a job that he's failing at.
 
I proud to be the Indian as well as most respected albert einstein!!!!!!
 
+Ru Black There's a huge difference between understanding history and feeling like you're a great person because of something someone did who died a very, very long time ago. And the quote is, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," quote by George Santayana.
 
I guess this debate will go on !! Nehw I am happy becoz of some ppl in diffrnt region or part made our life simpler by there inventions ! They did that for humanity ! I dnt care frm where dey are !! I love my country like many ppl who love ders ! I dnt need to show others poorly or my country to b great to b proud f it !
 
I've been to India.. genuinely sweet people, who's sincerity will touch anyone's heart. Their thirst for knowledge is immense.
 
+David Robertson He's black isn't he? Or are you suggesting that he's white? Perhaps you have missed the media attention over the last 4+ years about this guy being black. Let me clue you in... he's a black man because he's not white and he's not asian. Get over the simple acknowledgement that he's black. In a country that didn't recognize blacks as humans until very recently, burying your head in the sand now will not help. He's black. His wife is too, although she appears also to be Jewish (Cohen). I don't see any problem with cheering the media focus on his race.
 
And also my fellow Indians. Please learn to behave in a public forum.
I am sure I will get abused and outcastes, but you guys are spoiling our name.
I was reading the first comments and all of them are genuine doubts queries about the source of this photo. There is no need to act this way.
 
+Skipper Kagamaster thanks I tend to absorb things rather than learning and remembering them unfortunately
 
The picture is edited for simple factual understanding, not with the intention of creating bogus idea. 
 
amazing !!!!!! the same thing was said in my class just today morning...
 
Again it was not by aryabhatta
 
+prijesh rajan :D Heck yeah. Despite some of the nasty comments on this post, it's nice to see people discussing the origin of zero. The fact that people have a strong opinion on the origins of mathematics is awesome. I also enjoy talking with people  who aren't afraid of a single nation of humanity. WOOT to all the math peoples! :D
 
just stop the topic who invented zero ...as it is already invented ...try
 to discover something new..
 
" I LOVE THE INDIAN PEOPLE'S AND ROOTS. GOOD PEOPLE. ..GOD BLESS. "
 
Guys history is important, otherwise you make the same mistakes over and over again. Most known civilizations have contributed some sort of knowledge to society as we know it now, and most civilisations have usually expanded it on the basis of knowledge learnt from those who came before. To know the thread of how this knowledge came about and progressed is important in understanding how humanity has learned what it has and how it might progress from this point on, not about who is best. There is no best as long as we learn from each other and manage to survive and hopefully thrive for a bit longer.
 
It was by brahma gupta who wrote brahmasphuta siddhanta found zero who later went to Persian court, thus giving zero to Arabs. Now matthew referred to Bible which was written only after council of Nicea. India dates back to 7500 bc with archeological findings. Romans have trade route with Muziris even before AD. We have Roman coins found at this site. At that time Christ never born. 
 
I think he was referring to North American Indians: One little, two little, three little Indians, four little, five little...
 
Just be glad everyone can count -_- if the indians dint invent 0, some other nation would, invention is rolling stone people, no need to be glad that it stopped in some country :/
 
+James Nelson Yeah !! Usually I dnt comment as ppl kinda get abusing than discussing! like u sd here atleast ppl seem to be discussing more than abusing ! :D
 
we are not getting anything discussing this topic..we are just loosing brotherhood discussing this...
 
Yeah! +1 for India's awesome food, still don't understand why people continue to say it's gross. I think they see it and it doesn't look like most cuisine and they just assume its bad. Also I have never had the digestion issues people often remark about Indian food. Again I think this comes from people who refuse to try it. For goodness sake its not like its Mexican food... UMMM YUMMM Mexican food, I don't care if it makes me poop its good. :D 
 
+Cosmo Drimiti Indian food is awesome, you just tried the wrong stuff. Not all Indian food is great, but most of the stuff I tried is. Just as not all Chinese/Mexican/French/Italian food is great, its different dishes for different tastes.
 
now iam feeling somewhat proud
 
yes it is...... but right now we need a good and dynamic leadership for best development in INDIA. 
 
now iam feeling somewhat proud
 
There is a differences between inventing/creating the number 0 and a word/number that is a circle with a whole in it.
 
He also once said that people one.day wudnt believe that a man like Gandhi lived on earth, i m afraid that time has come, nothing to be proud of
 
" THE HIGH SCHOOL I WAS STUDY HAVE SAME NAME; IN HONOR TO HIM. "
 
Photoshoped...even thow it is tru
 
+aditya shardul He also once said that people one day wudnt believe that an idiot like aditya lived on earth.. i m afraid that time has come.
 
This is a quote about India from my favorite American Author and founder of the one true American Philosophical movement Transcendentalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson:

"In the great books of India, an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence, which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the questions that exercise us."  

You may know his protege as he was more popular among the masses and wrote of Civil Disobedience which inspired Ghandi, Henry David Thoreau. Emerson was a far better writer. If you ever feel that the US is full of nothing but pretentious assholes and nationalistic morons, read Emerson and remember that there are still people in the US that think and live like him, actually far more than you would realize.  Peace! :D
 
Without looking into history why Al these Europeans bluff. Check yourself whether it is true. 
 
India Has its own rich History , and much to be Proud Of !
 
"Indians", like Native Americans or people from India? Who did they teach counting to? I'm not sure this quote makes any historical sense.
 
It's good.  Spicy as hell , but good food.
 
have we indians lost it,?.................................Yes the Young Indian is not aware of his own potential.....................Mr.Einstein has tried to remind us "YOU DID IT"and ...........................................................
"YES WE CAN"
 
He couldn't write english, and it was clearly photoshopped on to the board. Shame on you, +India , shame on you.
 
+James Nelson : you wud be suprised to know even im India food cuisiness change from region to region!! I am lucky to try some though nt all : )
 
+prijesh rajan I believe it. I have also been told most of the Indian food I eat is "Americanized", so not authentic just like the Mexican and Chinese food I eat. Still I like it. :D
 
Wow that is really cold +LeRoy Gomez. That was a horrible crime that outraged the entire nation of India and I'm sure is a sore spot. This would be akin to making a comment about Sandy Hook and blaming America as a whole instead of the individual responsible, not cool.
 
Many foreigners having proud about India.why some Indians hesitating to love India.(namak kaya tho paani jarur piyega).I love hindustaan verry much.and proud to be a Hindu.
 
@leroy gomTya Gotya! We Don't Need Your CARE...!!! Go Fuck Yourself!!! 
 
Bye everone !!! Whether Albert Einstein sd it or not. !! We all survived 2012 hehehehe, so lets try to make our own country n World a safer n happy place to live for present n future generations! And nice talking to u James!! you have a great day!!! :D
 
+prijesh rajan Good taking with you too. It's nice to meet civil people who still have hope for humanity. :D
 
Pretty much--Takes alot biger instances for a rape to make world news in a third world country is all/and not that it is limited to India...
 
he told this when The Muslim were the kings of India not the hindus
Those were the Muslims who descovered everything which r the bases of science
Read ur own history again from 712 to 1857!
he told about the descoveries of Muslims
You know about the first surgeon Abul-Qasim Azhravi hom books are taught in Europe for many years.
 
true indeed. Specially when your'e talking about the "0". Which doesn't exist in the roman system. Thanks for that and much more. 
 
Being proud abt a discvery made centuries ago isnt great at all, we have made nothing of our great history, our so called great culture has so many loopholes that we need to get rid of
 
+James Nelson oh please
You can read it at encyclopedia okay
or u can ask from ur history teacher
 
 
Many foreigner are proud of india???ha ha i m laughing now
 
I don't think Einstein actually said that, and I'm very sure Indians did not "invent" counting. They've contributed to math but so has every other culture in one way or another. To claim it solely as indian just sounds like more nationalistic narcissism that I'm seeing far too much these days.
 
+Prince Edward There are tablets much much older than 700 AD that have cubic and quadratic equations. You can also read about how Islamic conquest stole Chinese/Indian technology and spread it to the west during the Muslim Expansion. Algebra existed in 1200 BCE, long before Muhammad ever lived. That "information" in the Encyclopedia you mention is nothing more than proof that "victors write history" it is antiquated and dis-proven. :P
 
Sounds good, gives all Indians a feeling of gr8 nd being on cloud 9. Need a serious tracing into it.
 
DAVID ,,, OHHHH,... REALLY ,, IT JUST THAT YOU FOLKS WERE TOO GOOD IN MARKETING IN THOSE DAYS. YOU KNEW HOW TO SHOWCASE YOUR TALENT . BUT FOR YOUR INFORMATION. OUR INDIAN TODDLERS HAD ALREADY STARTED RECITING UPANISHADS AND VEDAS WHEN YOU ROMANS DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO TALK ..
 
India was a great country in the past!
 
I meant a real source, not a [citation needed] entry in Wikipedia... Counting as a thing dates back 25,000 years. People are talking numerical system here, that's not the same thing as counting; Einstein would have certainly made the distinction. This is no knock on India which has had many of the worlds great mathematicians. It's just that this quote is an old Internet fabrication.
 
Also, Romans had zero (nulla), they just didn't use it in math.
 
+James Nelson It is wrong
Muslims never stole technology but when in 1757 britin attacked on India whole sub-continent they stole our books from delhi these books are of Muslims
I think u know about the FatherOfCemistry
he was Jabir-bin Hayan a muslim scientist
ok
there are many other examples like aristotle was also a muslim scientis
Alzahravis was also muslim
after this can u say that muslim stole technology?
 
+Prince Edward THE FIRST SURGEON WAS MAHARSHEE SUSHRUTA ...CHECK YOUR BOOKS. U MUST HAV MISSED SOME ODD PAGES THERE ASSAY 
 
+Prince Edward LOL! "there are many other examples like aristotle was also a muslim scientis" Aristotle live in 384 BC, Muhammad lived in 500 AD. It's impossible. Proof you're a liar.
 
+Stoney Moreland 3RD WORLD , GROW UP , WHERE ARE YOU LIVING .. DUDE . HALF OF THE SO CALLLED GOOD AMERICAN DOCTORS ARE FROM INDIA , SAME WITH THE ENGINEERS . OPEN YOUR EYES . 
 
+James Nelson the word muslim doesnt mean the follower of Muhammad P.B.U.H ok
it means the person who believe in one Allah and before Muhammab P.B.U.H there were other prophets who make people believe in Allah ok
 
Mera Bharat Mahan. I like to salute Aaryabhatt, Ramanujam& Albert Einstine too. Gopal Sharma 
 
Baghdad was the center of knowledge during the Glorious days of the East.. Muslims were hugely prosperous in developing the most learned societies of that time..
Anybody wants to know more can read history.
 
:)
everything you see on the internet is not always true... i hate these kind of posts where your countries are portrayed as best in the world while in actuality they are currently just struggling to make the ends meet.. this is called escapism. 
 
+dinesh rath "HALF OF THE SO CALLLED GOOD AMERICAN DOCTORS ARE FROM INDIA , SAME WITH THE ENGINEERS ." That is a complete falsehood. Some of the greatest engineers and I doctors I know are US citizens of European/Germanic decent. You are far below half. There are some great Indian Doctors and Engineers in the US though. Don't sink to that level, you sound just like the nationalistic idiots from all over the world. FYI +Prince Edward  is claiming all India's great history is due to Muslim occupation, throw some criticism his way :D
 
The forefathers of Science cum 4rm Greece,Egypt,Germany,USA & England. I've neva heard of India! maybe that Phenomina waz hidden like tha National Treasure!
 
Ahh, the sin of Pride. Well done +India, you doctored one of his most famous pics... and assumed no one would notice?

Now we must assume this and all linked quotes are false and you are the creators and distributors of falsehoods.

I actually have less respect for +India because of your post(s)... ironic no?


 
+Prince Edward "there were other prophets who make people believe in Allah ok" Yeah they were called Jews and Christians. LOL! :D
 
+James Nelson Ididnt mean that ok
i just want to tell u that the glory of India is not only of hindus but Muslims also not only europeon struggled but Muslims too and it is proved that Aristotle was a muslim ,i thimk 
 
+Prince Edward  Why on earth you think anything is false in Baghdad's History ?
 
+Prince Edward When i say read Baghdad History then read it or just keep quiet..  No point in claiming to be my version of history or yours
 
@James nelson, m not at all in a mood of abusing any one, but just for your information, if you don't know about something , doesn't mean that that's fake....http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/indian-doctors-help-fill-us-health-care-needs
 
At first I thought he was talking about the Native Americans.  I feel terrible now .'.  But yah, I knew that counting came somewhere from the East.
 
@James nelson :::NOW C'MMON MAN , I DIDN'T SAY IT LITERALLY,LIKE HALF OF THE US DOCTORS ARE INDIANS.. "ON A LIGHTER NOTE :p " LEAVE THIS FIGHT , ITS SIMPLE, YOU DO NOT BELIEVE IN IT AND I DO. THAT DOESN'T MAKE US ENEMIES ASSAY ;) HAVE A NICE DAY
 
India was great in architecture, medicine (ayurveda). u cant degrade re India.  
 
I can't believe people are still arguing over a simple joke post.  "I one little, II two little, III three little indians, IIII four little, /IIII five little /IIII I six little indians.  yeah the "/" is supposed to go across the IIII but no way to do that on a keyboard.  you do it when counting though....get it?  Oh nevermind.
 
jab zero diya mere bharat ne ,duniya ko tab ginti aayi
 
+dinesh rath "HALF OF THE SO CALLLED GOOD AMERICAN DOCTORS ARE FROM INDIA" "YOU DO NOT BELIEVE IN IT AND I DO" What do you "believe" that I don't? Why did you use an article to support your claim if it was simply a belief? Frankly your comments were as rude and prejudice as others slamming India. I don't agree with them and your claim is false. I even said "There are some great Indian Doctors and Engineers in the US though." But they are not great because they are from India or Germany or wherever, people are great when they choose to be. When they move beyond what people tell them they can and cannot do based on their race/religion/nationality and do for themselves. 
 
This is something an Indian would write. They are a race full of themselves. 
 
Once India was a great country but it couldn't maintain that greatness and freedom,later it remained under occupation by the Muslims and the British,for its great architecture, credit goes to the Mughal Kings.
 
Without India, we would all be uncivilized maniacs. India is awesome.
 
@JAMES NELSON :: PEACE ,,, ;) .. EVEN I AM AN ENGINEER... AND I KNOW HOW MUCH WE INDIAN MIDDLE CLASS PPL PUT ON LINE JUST TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE. WHAT YOU SAID AT LAST I TOTALLY AGREE WITH IT.,, NOW IF YOU COME TO INDIA (TO THE MIDDLE CLASS COMMUNITY ESPECIALLY), YOU'LL FIND ATLEAST ONE ENGINEER IN EVERY HOUSE. THIS IS HOW MY INDIA IS GROWING.. BUT PEOPLE STILL CALL IT A 3RD WORLD COUNTRY AND THEY ARE COMPLETELY IGNORANT ABOUT INDIA.. WE INDIANS DO NOT HATE PPL FROM WEST BUT WE ALSO WONDER AT TIMES WHY THE WEST HATES US .. LIVE AND LET LIVE...
 
ok...got a pat on the back......good night sleep ....thank you....
 
+dinesh rath Only ignorant people hate what they do not understand. Unfortunately the media advertises the ignorant people in the US because it sells. Also, the government and public education system cultivates ignorance because it stresses authority over learning. Only if you make it to college is there hope of actually learning anything useful from an educator. Public schools are treated like prisons, were it's more important to "do what your teacher says" than to understand Math, Science, Reading and Writing. We throw massive amounts of money at schools, but we aren't allowed to be selective as who gets to attends the schools. Unlike the rest of the world where students have to earn a place in the school, everyone is forced into school until they turn 18. Almost no one is expelled anymore. Almost no one in US goes to college to be an Engineer or Technical Specialist. Everyone tries to be a Lawyer, Doctor or Banker, or doesn't bother going to College at all. A few go to Art/Music/Culinary Schools and never make enough money to pay their loans back. It's great that there are so many Engineers in India, it's a great profession, but passion for your job will make you a better engineer than a simple degree. Don't ignore the passion for your work. 
 
“I could never understand ethnic or national pride. Because to me, pride should be reserved for something you achieve or attain on your own, not something that happens by accident of birth. Being Irish isn’t a skill, it’s a fucking genetic accident. You wouldn’t say “I’m proud to be 5’11”. I’m proud to have a predisposition for colon cancer.” So why the fuck would you be proud to be Irish, or proud to be Italian, or American or anything?”

— George Carlin
 
Yeah +Ionuț Georgescu because America has a complete monopoly on ignorance and irrationality. Proof you missed the point of the comment. :D
 
I am Indian very proud of my country and Indian are on top of the wirld
 
Fix the rape culture then you get props ;)
 
@JAMES ,OFFCOURSE ;) THE PASSION IS ALWAYS THERE WHICH DRIVES US TO BE MORE SUCCESSFUL . BTW YOU SEEM TO BE A QUITE DECENT CHAP, WHO TALKS SOME SENSE.. NICE TO HAVE A TETE~A~TETE WITH YA.
 
+dinesh rath Thank you, good talking with you too. You may want to consider not typing in ALL CAPS as that is usually considered screaming in text. Good day.
 
Enough! The pic is photoshopped and the quote is a lie. Google famous Einstein pics, look at the images and youll see the real one is of him and his equation for the density of the universe, R ik = O2... although my favorite is the one of him drawing mylittlepony lol.

Heres an idea for +India and its prideful followers, take pride in only your OWN accomplishments, even if its for nothing more than to avoid an argument.

(p.s. - I knew two was more than one before I learned math. So Im pretty sure it was the presence of more that taught me to count, not someone else's understanding.)

 
Since counting has been found in the form of notchs on bones from way before the Indians, I'm calling this a fake
 
counting would've been figured out eventually..
 
In the beginning.... Day 1.     Counting started a whole lot earlier than 'the Indians'.
 
at least he gave credit on the discovery
 
Anyone who does math or science owes a huge debt to vedic math. The breadth of mathematical talent borne of India is astounding. 
 
Sorry, my Indian friends, I hate to burst your bubble. What about the Babylonians? You saying they did not know how to count? According to the Wikipedia reference provided by Xatolos Wired above, the Babylonians had a number system in 3400 BCE and the Egyptians had it in 3100 BCE, both of which are consistent with other information I've seen. If we're talking about the decimal number system only, it was not "invented" in India until 600 CE. Not sure why Albert E. made such a big deal about it (assuming he actually said this!), but some of the Amazonian tribes are able to count and they are possibly the most primitive cultures on the planet today.
 
i think counting goes back before recorded history.
 
yes Alex zero was invented by us means by indian.............
 
The concept of "Zero" existed long before the Indians "invented" it. The Babylonians understood the concept several centuries BCE before any record of it existed elsewhere. The Babylonians knew it as a placeholder between -1 and +1. What the Indians did was give the concept an iconographic wrapping of "0", but they did not "invent" it.
 
Zero is the absence of value..much like this post..
 
IT IS NOT FOR THE TODAY INDIA. IT IS FOR THE MUSLIM INDIA. FOR THE SUBCONTINENT. DURING THE MUSLIM RULE OVER THE SUBCONTINENT. WHAT IS IN TODAY INDIA? EXCEPT POVERTY, VULGARITY, GOING AWAY FROM THEIR CUSTOMS. GOT IT MR?  KEEP IT IN YOUR MIND THE  PERIOD OF EINSTEIN AND  THE MUSLIM RULE IN INDIA. THEY R SIMILAR. ITS NOT ABOUT TODAY INDIA.
 
u r wrong mr. it was about mughals not for present day india. todays indians r nuts.
 
sorry brother.  plz forgive me. plz. would b grateful.  like to b my good friend?
 
India is great....Guru Aaryabhatt was the the greatest scientist ever among the all scientist. Invention of 0 is beginning of our new era. Special thanks to Guru Aarabhatt and more than him someone deserve is India (Bharat). I proud to be an Indian. If any one has doubt, don't bark like dog first read "upanishad" and "Vedas" then commit. Today's medical science begins from there. That's why India is great. If you still have some doubt just check the percentage of Indians in NASA & Microsoft, don't underestimate talent of India. If still you are doubtful then you should be doubtful, first find good doctor or psychiatrist, if doesn't work visit India & see still we Indians welcomes you not only like guest, but like family member. This is our culture, this is our nature. So "East or West, India is the best"
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