Vedic Mathematics or 'Sixteen Simple Mathematical Formulae from the Vedas' was written by His Holiness Jagadguru Sankaracarya Sri Bharati Krsna Tirthaji Maharaja of Govardhana Matha, Puri. It deals mainly with various Vedic mathematical formulae and their applications for carrying out tedious and cumbersome arithmetical operations, and to a very large extent, executing them mentally. In this field of mental arithmetical operations, the works of the famous mathematicians Trachtenberg and Lester Meyers (High-Speed Maths) are elementary compared to that of Jagadguruji.
Some people may find it difficult, at first reading to understand the arithmetical operations although they have been explained very lucidly by Jagadguruji. It is not because the explanations are lacking in any manner but because the methods are totally unconventional. Some people are so deeply rooted in the conventional methods that they, probably subconsciously, reject to see the logic in unconventional methods.
An attempt has been made to explain the unconventional aspects of Vedic methods. Once the reader gets used to the unconventional at the beginning itself, he would find no difficulty in the later chapters. Therefore, the explanatory notes are given for the first few chapters only.
This monumental work on Vedic mathematics unfolds a new method of approach. It relates to the truth of numbers and magnitudes equally applicable to all sciences and arts. - Book Today (India Today), Jan-Feb. 2011
Throughout the book efforts have been made to solve the problems in a short time and in a short space also...one can see that the formulae given by the author from Vedas are very interesting and encourage a young mind for learning mathematics as it will not be a bugbear to him. - S.C. Sharma, Mathematics Today, September 1986
The book endorses the omniscient nature of Vedas... is recommended for students and amateur Mathematicians. It will help children who get nightmares before a mathematics examination. - K.V. Sudhakar, Mid-Day, July 5th 1999
In his deep-layer explorations of cryptic Vedic mysteries relating especially to their calculus of shorthand formulae and their neat and ready application to practical problems, the late Sankaracarya shows the rare combination of the probing insight and revealing intuition of a Yogi with the analytic acumen and synthetic talent of a mathematician. - Swami Pratyagatmananda Saraswati in his Forword