About the Book :
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.
Interesting Facts :
A comprehensive narrative about the history of science in India, this book covers a vast array of topics, from traditional astronomy, mathematics, medicine and chemical practices to concepts related to the physical world as well as plant life. It also discusses the advent and growth of modern science till Independence.
Detailed and succinct, this book will be of interest to students, scholars, those interested in science, as well as the general non-fiction reader.
Written by the accomplished B.V. Subbayappa, a pioneer in the studies of science in India, this book also featured a foreword by the prestigious K. Kasturirangan.
About the Author :
B.V. Subbarayappa (MSc, PhD), a chemist turned historian and philosopher of science, was the elected president (1998-2001) of the History of Science division of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science (under ICSU, Paris)the first non-westerner to be elected. He is the recipient of the Copernicus Medal from the Polish Academy of Sciences (1973) and has received the Karnataka State Award (2008). He has also been awarded by the National Academy of Sciences, India, of which he is an elected Fellow, and has an Honorary Doctorate (1999) from the University of Bologna. He is the author/editor of twenty books and over a hundred papers on the history of Indian science, science and society, and related themes.