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Scientific Literature in Sanskrit

S R Sarma (Editor) Gyula Wojtilla (Editor) Papers of the 13th World Sanskrit Conference

David Pingree and G. Jan Meulenbeld have made us aware of the enormous volume and the astonishing diversity of Sanskrit literature on Jyotihsastra and Ayurveda respectively through their monumental works, Census of the Exact Science and History of Indian Medical Literature. Literature on other scientific subjects, though not so stupendous, is still very large. This rich diversity of Sanskrit scientific literature is reflected in the papers presented in Section 8 on Scientific Literature of the 13th World Sanskrit Conference, held at Edinburgh on 10-14 July 2006, which are collected in this volume. These ten papers cover a wide spectrum of areas like astronomy, mathematics, divination, alchemy, gemmology, musicology and perfumery.They are 'The Notion of Proof in Indian Science' by K. RAMASUBRAMANIAN; 'A Comparative Study of the Procedures of three Astronomers' by S. BALACHANDRA RAO; 'Why did Sanskrit Mathematics ignore Asakrt Methods' by KIM PLOFKER; 'Yantraraja at Edinburgh' by SARMA; 'The Muhurtalaksana' by AMRIT GOMPERTS; 'Nadi Divination and Indian Astrology' by MARTIN GANSTEN; 'Beliefs, Aspirations and Accomplishments of the Medieval Indian' by VIJAYA DESHPANDE; 'Ratnasastra in Kautilya's Arthasastra' by GYULA WOJTILLA; 'The Body of the Musician' MAKOTO KITADO; and 'The Art and Science of Perfumery' by JAMES MCHUGH. Papers of the 12th WSC (Helsinki) comprising Vols. 2, 3.2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, and 11.1 already published.

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S R Sarma

Dr. S.R. Sarma (b. 1937) studied at Sir C.R. Reddy College, Eluru; visva Bharati, Santiniketan; and Philipps University, Marburg, Germany. Joined the faculty of Aligarh Muslim University in 1969 and retired from there as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Sanskrit in 1997. Fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service, twice at the Philipps University, Marburg, (1962-66; 1972) and once at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, (1995-96); Visiting Associate Professor of History of Mathematics at Brown University, Providence (1992-93); and Visiting Professor at the Universite de Paris III (1994). His publications include critical editions with translation of Thakkura Pheru's Rayanaparikkha on gemmology, and Yantraprakara of Sawai Jai Singh on astronomical instruments. Presently engaged in preparing A Descriptive Catalogue of Indian Astronomical and Time-Measuring Instruments. He is currently Visiting Professor at Kyoto University, Japan.

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Title Scientific Literature in Sanskrit
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Language: Sanskrit, English
isbn 8120835301, 9788120835306
length xiv+235p., Illustrations; 23cm.