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History of Ancient India: Volume IX: Science and Technology, Medicine

Dilip K. Chakrabarti (Author) History of Ancient India

The achievements of ancient India in the fields of science, technology and medicine have been highlighted in this volume. The various dimensions of ancient Indian mathematics (including calculus), physical and chemical thoughts, astronomical ideas and notions of geography have been clearly brought forward in the ‘science’ section of the book. In the technology section, metallurgy has received detailed, metal-by-metal analysis and this has been supplemented by articles on water-management, textile technology, manuscript preparation, etc. Both the theoretical and surgical dimensions of the ancient Indian medical system have also been clearly discussed. On the whole, the present volume offers a detailed perspective on the issues of ancient Indian mathematical thoughts and ideas of physics, chemistry, and geography and related issues along with both the theoretical and practical features of ancient Indian medical knowledge. The articles on technology also give an objective analysis of many aspects of ancient Indian technological system.





Editor’s Preface


1 . History of Indian Physical and Chemical Thought

— S.C. Kak

2. Physical and Mathematical Thought in Ancient India: The Rigvedic and Related Evidence

— Soma Basu

3. History of Chemical Thoughts in Ancient India

— A. Basu

4. Numerals in Ancient and Medieval India

— P.K. Majumdar

5. Arithmetic – The Indian Way

— R. Chakraborty

6. Algebra

— P.K. Majumdar

7. Geometry in Ancient and Medieval Ages

— S. Chatterjee

8. Trigonometry in Ancient and Medieval India

— P.K. Majumdar

9. Indian Calculus and its Journey to the West

— R. Chakraborty

10. History of Ancient Indian Astronomy

— A. Sarkar

11. Astronomical Manuscripts and Ideas in India

— S. Chatterjee and A. Sarkar

12. Indian Megaliths and Astronomy: Evidence from South India

— K.P. Rao

13. Geographical Thoughts in Ancient India: Envisioning Cosmology and Nature

— Rana P.B. Singh

14. Sacred Geography of Hindu Holy Places

— Rana P.B. Singh and Pravin Singh Rana

15. Water Management in Ancient India

— T. Prasad

16. Water Management Technologies of the Gonds of Central India

— K.G. Vyas

17. Water Management System in Peninsular India: A Case Study of Sluice Technology

— K. Rajan

18. From Alexander’s Invasion to the Guptas: The Military Thought and Planning in Ancient India

— K. Ray

19. Textile Technology in Ancient India

— P. Gaurav

20. The Ancient Manuscript Tradition of India: The Technology of Manuscript Preparation with Special Reference to Odisha

— P. Bhoi

21. Ancient Indian Pottery Manufacturing Technology

— S.S. Rai

22. Ancient Indian Metallurgy

— A. Suri

23. The Early Use of Copper and Its Alloys and Iron in Ancient India (From the Beginning to the 12th Century CE)

— S. Ray, A. Sarkar and R.K. Chattopadhyay

24. Notes on Lead and Silver in Ancient India

— R. Nanda Mathew

25. The Early History of Gold in India

— R. Nanda Mathew

26. Thelunganur: The Evidence of Production of Ultrahigh Carbon Crucible Steel

— K. Rajan

27. The History of Medicine in Ancient India (From the Beginning to the 13th Century AD)

— A. Sarkar and R.K. Chattopadhyay



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About the author

Dilip K. Chakrabarti

Dilip K. Chakrabarti is currently Professor of South Asian Archaeology at Cambridge University. He taught at the universities of Calcutta (1965-77). He taught at the universities of Calcutta (1965-77), Delhi (1977-90), Visvabharati (1980-1) and Jahangirnagar (1988-90), before moving to Cambridge in 1990. He participated in a number of Indian excavations and did some fieldwork in Iran before 1980, but the major focus of his fieldwork since 1980 has been a series of surveys: Kangra Valley (1980), Chotanagpur plateau (1981-7), Bangladesh (1988-90), the Ganga-Yamuna plain from the mouth of the bhagirathi to the hills of Uttaranchal (1991-2001 and 2002-5), the routes linking the Ganga plain with the Deccan (1999-2002) and the ancient routs of the Deccan and the south (2004-6). He is perhaps the only archaeologist to have surveyed the Chotanagpur plateau as a whole. His historical geographic survey of the Ganga plain is the first survey of its kind after the nineteenth century surveys by Alexander Cunningham and his associates. He has also opened up the study of the ancient routes as a branch of enquiry in Indian archaeology. He has published widely on each of these areas and on a host of key issues of south Asian archaeology. India: An Archaeological History (2001), The Archaeology and Ancient Indian Cities (1995), Ancient Bangladesh (1992), and The Early Use of Iron in India (1992) are some of his works published by OUP. His forthcoming publication is Archaeological Geography of the Ganga Plain: The Upper Ganga (Oudh, Rohilkhand and the Doab).

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Bibliographic information

Title History of Ancient India: Volume IX: Science and Technology, Medicine
Format Hardcover
Date published: 02.03.2023
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173054884
length xviii+580p., 28cm.