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Astronomical Instruments in the Rampur Raza Library

Sreeramula Rajeswara Sarma (Author)
Synopsis Rampur Raza Library, a premier repository of Arabic and Persian manuscripts, possesses also a valuable collection of eleven astronomical instruments, such as astrolabes, celestial globes and quadrants. These were produced in India, in the Middle-East and in Europe between the thirteenth and the nineteenth century. Scientific instruments of the pre-modern period, like literary documents, constitute an important source for the reconstruction of the history of science and technology. Like manuscripts and paintings, like sculpture and jewellery, these instruments are also part of our cultural and intellectual heritage, and deserve scholarly attention. The present work describes the instruments in the Rampur Raza Library. The Introduction provides a history of the instrument types represented here and explains the method of construction and use of these detailed scientific description of each individual instrument of this collection. Richly illustrated, this is the first catalogue of its kind to be published in India.
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Sreeramula Rajeswara Sarma

Sreeramula Rajeswara Sarma, formerly Professor of Sanskrit at Aligarh Muslim University, wrote extensively on history of science in India. Born in Andhra Pradesh in 1937, he studied Sanskrit at Santiniketan and Indology in Germany, where he earned his Ph.D. from Philipps Universitat, Marburg, for his thesis on a tenth century Sanskrit astronomical text. He has been a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service at the universities of Marburg and Frankfurt; visiting associate professor at Brown University, Providence; visiting professor at the Universite de Paris III and at Kyoto University. For over a decade he has been surveying Indian astronomical and time-measuring instruments presented in India and abroad. He visited more than seventy-five museums and private collections in India, Belgium Germany. France, the Netherlands, UK and USA and identified some 400 Indian instruments. A descriptive catalogue of these instruments is in preparation.

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Title Astronomical Instruments in the Rampur Raza Library
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8187113561
length x+95p., Tables; Col. & b/w plates; Bibliography; 29cm.