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History of Indian Science, Technology and Culture, AD 1000-1800

A. Rahman (Editor)
Synopsis The eight centuries of India's history covered by this volume has, until recently, been seen as a 'dark age' for the development of science in the country. It was however a period of intense debate and advancement in many fields, enriched by the influx of Arabic and Persian scholars and scientists into India, and was a period during which many of the key principles of modern-day scientific thinking were established. This volume brings together some of today's leading scholars from a range of different disciplines to explore the development of Indian scientific, technological and cultural thinking in this fertile and crucial period. The essays address such diverse topics as: food, agriculture, metallurgy, mathematics, astronomy, chemistry and alchemy, irrigation, paper technology, science and social movements. The impact of the Bhakti and Sufi movements, and the changes in women's spirituality during the medieval period are also discussed, as is the wide-spread growth of translation which facilitated the spread of different forms of knowledge throughout the country. For historians, philosophers and anyone interested in the history of Indian science and ideas, particularly during the medieval period, this will be an essential book.
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About the author

A. Rahman

A. Rahman is the founder Director of National Institute for Science, Technology and Development Studies, New Delhi. He was Planning Advisor for the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, and also member of many international academies on the history of science and science policy. Rahman enrolled for a PhD in bio-chemistry in Sheffield University, England, where he met George Sharton whose remarks on medieval Indian history made him shift his area of studies to history of science. While working on his own, he met J.D. Bernal and Joseph Needham, who later guided him in his studies. He has compiled the Biography of Source Material on Science in Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian (1963). His other works include Anatomy of Science (1972), Triveni: Science, Democracy and Socialism (1977), Science and Technology in Medieval India (1982), Intellectual Colonization: Science and Technology in West-East Relations (1983), Philosophy of Science and its Application to Scientific and Technological Advantage in India (1985), and Science, Technology and Development (1995). He has recently contributed to the Italian Encyclopaedia on science and technology in medieval India using Arabic and Persian sources.

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Title History of Indian Science, Technology and Culture, AD 1000-1800
Author A. Rahman
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195646525
length 445p., Maps; 25cm.
Subjects History