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Vedic Science and Technology

by: Sadasiva Biswal , Bidyut Lata Ray

This book deals with the various aspects of science and scientific thoughts of the Vedic bards reflected in their hymns. Attemps have been made here to analyse the Vedic verses in scientific terms adhering to various branches of modern science.

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Year Of Publication: 2009
Edition: 1st
Pages : xvii, 252
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 550

Overview

This book “Vedic Science and Technology” contains, in its ten chapters, the significant aspects of science and scientific thoughts of the Vedic bards reflected in their hymns and the modern scientific theories developed later. The Vedic deities symbolize the natural phenomena which the human beings of that period came across in their day-to-day life and had interactions with such events. Ostensibly, the modern scientific theories and practices have their roots in the most ancient tradition and culture. Various branches of knowledge such as Astronomy, Astrology, Cosmology, Cosmogony, Space-time Continuum, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Meteorology, Seismology, Botany, Zoology, Medicine, Agriculture, Geology, Environmental Science and Ecology, and Science and Technology have been discussed here in accordance with speculations of the Vedic bards gleaned from the hymns. Earlier scholars belonging to other disciplines, especially from Linguistics, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy have tried their best to interpret the Vedas from the point of view of their particular disciplines. But, here, in this study, attempts have been made to analyse the Vedic verses in scientific terms adhering to various branches of modern science. The present discourse, no doubt, forms a strong base for any microscopic investigations of the Vedic thought and notion to be taken up in future by our inspired scholars and scientists.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgement
Transliteration Chart
1. General Introduction
Rigveda
Samaveda
Yajurveda
Atharvaveda
Brahmanas
Aranyakas
Upanishads
Vedangas
2. Facets of Vedic Science
Astronomy
Astrology
Calculation of Time
Cosmology
Cosmogony
Space-Time Continuum
Mathematics
Chemistry
Metallurgy
Physics
Meteorology
3. Seismology
Causes
Effects
Symptoms
Modern Method of Forecasting an Earthquake
Classification
Vedic Theroy of Predicting Deep Shock Earthquakes
4. Botany
Vedic Flora: A Study
Plants
5. Zoology
Vedic Fauna : A Focus
The Animals
The Birds
The Insects
Reptiles
6. Medicine
Introduction
Characteristics of Vedic Medicine
Process of Healing
Mythology in the Vedic way of Healing
Diseases
7. Agriculture
Introduction
Farmers
Land under Cultivation
Irrigation
Preparation of Ploughshares and their Use
Use of Manure
Types of Grain
The Harvest
Livestock of the Farmers
Management of Cattle Farms
Precautions in Cattle Breeding
8. Geology
Introduction
Geophysical Phenomena
Vedic Theory of the Earth
Vedic Heliology
Vedic Selenology
The Effects of Eclipses
The Effects of the Stars
The Geological Agents
The Age of the Earth
Shape of the Earth
Dimensions of the Earth
Constitution of the Earth
Movements of the Earth
Conclusion
9. Environmental Science and Ecology
Part I : Environmental Science
Introduction
Oceans in Rigveda
Rivers and Lakes in Rigveda
Countries, Cities, Towns & Holy Places in Rigveda
Mountains and Forests in Rigveda
Flora and Fauna in Rigveda
Climate
Fire, Air and Water
The Earth in Rigveda
Part II : Ecology
Introduction
Ecology of Matter, Energy and Life
Relationship of Organic Matter with Environment
Man and Biosphere Relations
10. Science and Technology
Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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1945
Dr. Sadasiva Biswal, a retired principal, born 1945 in Orissa, got his PhD degree from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. He worked as the Reader and Head of the Department of Physics of several Colleges in Orissa and has produced five PhDs. He has published thirty-five research papers and more than two hundred articles on science besides 14 books in Physics. Dr Biswal is associated with many scientific and research organisations in India and abroad, and is in the Research Board of Advisers of the American Biographical Institute Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
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1947
Bidyut Lata Ray (Ph.D) is a noted Sanskrit scholar who has been researching on Sanskrit and teaching the subject for over three decades. She has contributed a number of research papers and articles on Jagannatha cult, Vedic and Puranic studies to reputed journals, periodicals and felicitation volumes and published monographs on the subject. She has been conferred with an honorary appointment to the Professional Women’s Advisory Board and to the Research Board of Advisors of the American Biographical Institute, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
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