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Science and Technology in Ancient Indian Texts

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A compilation of seminar papers by Indian and foreign experts brings alive ancient Indian developments in science, technology and medicine. The book presents Vedic quest in science and metaphysics with a special emphasis on ancient science and contemporary ideas.

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ISBN 13 9788124606322
Book Language English
Binding Hardcover
Total Pages 318
Edition 1st
Release Year 2012
Publisher D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Author Bal Ram Singh, Girish Nath Jha, Umesh Kumar Singh, Diwakar Mishra
Category Classical   Cultural Studies   Science   Ever Green Shelf Life  
Weight 650.00 g
Dimension 14.00 x 22.00 x 1.80

Product Details

The volume comprises seminar presentations by experts from India and abroad involved in the study of development of the natural sciences in ancient India. It offers eighteen papers from the seminar that showcase and project the Vedic literature as a treasure trove of vast knowledge that covers various branches of learning. The papers in particular discuss the ancient developments in science and technology: logic, mechanics in Sanskrit literature, Indian mathematics and its application in the Vedas, besides production technology and mechanical engineering, environmental science and roots, applicative wonders and scientific validation of Ayurveda. They involve a deep study of the Vedic understanding and description of sound and speech as para, pashyanti, madhyama and vaikhari. They also deal with the Indian perspective on the spirit and some mahakavyas of Indian philosophy. They scrutinise various theories on matter, causation, metals, dreams and motion, according to the Vaisheshika philosophy and underline the relevance of ancient knowledge to the contemporary world, especially in relation to the Vedic physics, environmental science and Ayurveda. They reiterate in unison the scientific vision of the ancient sages who held the keen eye of a poet-artist even while bringing to light modern and advanced ideas. The papers include references to various commentaries and studies on scientific and mathematical treatises, like Katyayana's Shulbasutra and Vaimanikashastra of Bharadvaja. The book will interest Indologists, particularly concerned with the study of ancient science, technology and mathematics, as they evolved in ancient India.