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Science and Technology in Ancient Indian Texts

by: Bal Ram Singh , Girish Nath Jha , Umesh Kumar Singh , Diwakar Mishra

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.



ISBN: 9788124606322
Year Of Publication: 2012
Edition: 1st
Pages : xvii, 318 p.
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 650


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.


Part I: Conceptual
1. Scientifying the Science: The Art of Making Everything a Science
— Bal Ram Singh
2. Spirituality, Logic and Science in India: A Philosophical Perspective
— R.P. Singh
Part II: Physical Sciences
3. Vaisheshika Insights into Science
— Shashiprabha Kumar
4. Fourfold Description of Sound: A Vedic View
— M.G. Prasad
5. Relevance of Vedic Physics in the Contemporary Society
— Sadasiva Biswal
6. Concept of Agni in the Rigveda in the Light of the Physical Sciences
— Soma Basu and R.K. Saha
7. Mechanics in Hindu Literature
— P. Priyadarshi
Part III: Mathematical Sciences
8. Numbers and Zero in Vedic Suktas Some Applications and China Contacts
— Bhu Dev Sharma
9. An Unpublished Commentary of the Katyayana Shulbasutra
— Nabanarayan Bandyopadhyay
Part IV: Chemical Sciences, Environment
and Metallurgy
10. Rasashala, the Ancient Indian Pharmacy: A Study on its Construction (Arrangement
of Rasashala, List of Required Apparatuses and Koshthiyantras)
— Dillip Kumar Kar
11. High Technology in Ancient Sanskrit Manuscripts
— C.S.R. Prabhu
12. Environmental Science: Vedic Perspective
— Shashi Tiwari
13. Contribution of Ancient India in Production Technology and Mechanical Engineering
— Chandrabhan Prajapati
Part V: Yoga and Ayurveda
14. Personality Traits of People Born in Different Samvatsaras and their Comparison with
Modern Psychological Personality Traits: A Study
— Melukote K. Sridhar
15. The Applicative Wonders of Ayurveda: The Mother of All Life Sciences
— Vaidyaratnam R. Raghavan
16. Ayurvedic Medicines: Ancient Roots and Scientific Validation
— Yamini Bhushan Tripathi
Part VI: Text and Information Encoding
in Human Brain and Computer
17. Unicode Standard for Vaidika Sanskrit: Efforts and Status
— Swarn Lata, Manoj Jain
18. Sanskrit, Whole Brain Learning: And its Importance in the Super Accelerated Learning Theory (SALT)
— Pandit Ramadheen Ramsamooj

Meet the Author
Dr Bal Ram Singh is the Director of Center for Indic Studies at UMass – Dartmouth. As a Professor of Biophysical Chemistry and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and the Director of Botulinum Research Center, he has been conducting research since 1990, on botulinum and tetanus neurotoxins, and lately also on yoga, mind, and consciousness. He has published three books and over 200 articles. He is the editor of the Journal Light on Ayurveda and International Journal of Indian Culture.
Dr Girish Nath Jha is Associate Professor at the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He has an honorary appointment at the Center for Indic Studies as Mukesh and Priti Chatter Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA. Dr Jha has studied computational linguistics from JNU and from University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. He has publications from Springer Verlag, Cambridge Scholar Publishing, Lambert Academic Publishing, among others, and is on the editorial board of a leading journal from Springer.
Dr. Umesh Kumar Singh obtained his doctorate in Sanskrit from Delhi University and has worked as a research associate for the Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA. His earlier education (M.Phil.) has been from Delhi, Banaras and Allahabad universities. Dr Singh has been awarded JRF from the UGC and has worked as a linguist in a machine translation project sponsored by the Dept. of IT (Govt. of India) at Special Centre of Sanskrit Studies, JNU.
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Diwakar Mishra is a PhD student at the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies in JNU in the area of Sanskrit Computational Linguistics. He is working towards developing a Sanskrit Text to Speech (TTS) system for his PhD. His M.A. and M.Phil degrees are in Sanskrit with specialisation in Sanskrit Computational Linguistics from the Sanskrit Centre in JNU.
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