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Science in India: A Historical Perspective

 
B.V. Subbarayappa (Author)
Synopsis

In the fascinating saga of ancient scientific ideas and techniques, Indian accomplishments hold an exalted position. India displayed its originality not only in mathematics and computational astronomy but also in holistic medicine, metallurgy and other fields. For reasons known and unknown, however, India did not develop a rational, methodological and verifiable matrix for ushering in modern science until the nineteenth century. But when modern science was finally introduced to India by the British, it did not view it as alien to its ethos. India welcomed it instead, and several bright Indian scientists scaled the peaks of excellence.

The main objective of Science in India is to present to the general reader a comprehensive narrative about the history of science in the country. Based on authentic sources and their in-depth study, this book deals with the origins, ramifications and achievements in traditional astronomy, mathematics, medicine and chemical practices, besides certain concepts related to the physical world as well as plant life. It also discusses the advent and growth of modern science till Independence, highlighting the seminal contributions of Indian scientists who won international acclaim. This is a historical and factual perspective on science in India, traversing a span of more than 5,000 years.

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About the author

B.V. Subbarayappa

B.V. Subbarayappa (b. 1925), an Editorial Fellow of PHISPC, is Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. He was formerly Executive Secretary of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi; first Project-Coordinator and Member-Secretary of the National Commission for History of Science in India; Professor of History of Science at Birla Institute of Science and Technology, Pilani; and Director, Discovery of India project, Nehru Centre, Bombay. He is the Editor/author of several books on history of science in India and has published nearly a hundred papers on this subject in national and international journals and other publications. He was the President (first non-Westerner to be so elected) of the Science Division of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science, related to UNESCO (1998-2001); elected Member of the International Academy of History of Science, Paris (1987); recipient of Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bologna, Italy; and R.C. Gupta Endowment Prize and Medal (2003) for History of Science from the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad.

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Bibliographic information

Title Science in India: A Historical Perspective
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2013
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Rupa & Co.
Language: English
isbn 9788129120960
length xviii+604p., Illustrations; 23cm.
Subjects History