Motivation for Combinatorics: “Lilavathi”

Say mathematician, how many are the combinations in one composition with ingredients of six different tastes — sweet, pungent, astringent, sour, salt and bitter — taking them by ones, twos, or threes, etc.?

—- From Lilavathi of Bhaskara (the great twelfth century mathematician of India).

— Nalin Pithwa.

PS: Almost all countries/nations have some culture of math just as they do of music and poetry and singing and dancing 🙂 🙂 🙂 

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