A Glimpse of Science, Technology, and Mathematics in Ancient India: Social and Cultural Perspective

Journal of Social and Political

Sciences

ISSN 2615-3718 (Online)

ISSN 2621-5675 (Print)

Published: 17 June 2018

A Glimpse of Science, Technology, and Mathematics in Ancient India: Social and Cultural Perspective

Uttpal Anand, Sourabh Soni

Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences (India), CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (India)

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10.31014/aior.1991.01.02.16

Abstract

India is one of the world’s oldest countries, and its civilization is among the most ancient. In its philosophical literature and the practice of dance, music, sculpture, painting, and fine arts; India has totally excelled across the world. India has a highly rich legacy of scientific ideas. We are the ones who generated and created science and did not borrow it from anywhere. Present day technology is greatly based on yesterday’s science, and tomorrow’s technology would be totally based on today’s science. Thanks to the work of the Indian Council of Historical Research, Indian National Science Academy, Indian Council of Social Science Research and other learned bodies, the development of sciences in India during the ancient period has drawn attentions of scholars in the 20th and 21st century. It became clear from the past studies that India has consistently been a scientific country, right from Vedic to modern times. This mini review paper will throw light on the early knowledge in the different spheres of science and technology in which ancient Indian excelled. It also highlights some of the achievements of ancient Indian society which are of immense importance for spreading knowledge to a wide range of audience making it a matter of pride not only for Indians but also for the whole educational and scientific community.

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