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Hinduism and Scientific Quest

by: TRR Iyengar

The author focuses on some of the contemporary scientific ideas vis-a-vis the achievements of old-world Hinduism in cosmogony, astronomy, meteorology and psychology. The book, in the process, unfolds some fundamental Hindu philosophical concepts.

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Year Of Publication: 2004
Edition: 2nd
Pages : ix, 284
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Glossary; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 500

Overview

Hinduism is not just a religion. It synonymizes the five-millennia of India’s cultural heritage. Which is unequivocally manifest in the Hindus’ architecture, sculptural art, music, mythology, Sanskrit literary classics, social institutions, and ethical/legal codes. And also in their complex philosophical systems addressing perpetually baffling questions concerning creation, existence, cosmic consciousness, reincarnation, and the like. Yet, ironically perhaps, not many know about the striking breakthroughs of Hindu sages in astronomy, mathematics, chemistry, medicine, metallurgy, and other ancient-time sciences — leave alone a deficient awareness of the monumental treatises of Charaka, Aryabhatta, Bhaskara and Kautilya that still remain as landmarks in the scientific history. Here is a book trying to highlight how Hinduism of yore : both in its motivations and methodology, laid the foundations of modern scientific quest. Drawing on the prodigious mass of Vedic/post-Vedic Sanskrit writings, the author focuses specially on some of the contemporary scientific ideas vis-a-vis the achievements of the old-world Hinduism in cosmogony, astronomy, meteorology and psychology. Contextually, Iyengar’s book also unfolds the Hindu worldviews of creation, soul and determinism, among other fundamental philosophical concepts. Discerning readers will find Hinduism and Scientific Quest as much a useful read as the scholars of traditional Indian philosophy and history of science.

Contents

Preface
1. Introduction
2. Cosmogony
Ideas of the East
Ideas of the West
Vedic Cosmogony
The Samkhya Cosmology
Ancient Hindu Views about Akasha and Prana
Prakriti and Purusha
Theory of Knowledge
3. The Upanishadic Conception of Creation and Modern Science
The Scientific Conception of the Universe
History of the Evolution of Human Life
Process of God’s Evolution
Matter and Spirit
The Scientific Conception of the Universe
Science and Religion
Mythological Evolution
4. The Role of the Gods
Terrestial God
5. Science, Modern and Ancient
Modern Science and Vedanta
Astronomy
General Mathematics
Theory of Numbers
Physics
The Science of Warfare
Archery
Civil Engineering
Chemistry
Botany
Symbiosis
Atharvaveda as Monuments of Indian Medicine
Occultism and Prayers for Material Welfare
Medical Science
Geo-botany
Horticulture
Spies
Prognostication
Physiognomy and Palmistry
Relativity
Weather Science in Ancient India
6. Advaita and Science
Super Symmetry
7. Determinism
8. Soul and Body
Bibliography
Glossary
Index

Meet the Author
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T.R.R. Iyengar, with keen interest in Hindu mythology, religion and philosophy, is a freelance journalist who has published scholarly articles on various aspects of ancient Hindu thought and culture. Apart from contributions to the Encyclopaedia of Hinduism, he is known for his well-compiled The Hindu Mythological Dictionary and the work, Hinduism and Scientific Quest.
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