Science in Saffron

Skeptical Essays on History of Science

First Edition

ISBN(s) 978-93-83968-08-4
Pub. Date 2016-01-01
Pages pp viii+196, 8 pages of color plates. includes bibliography and index
Dimensions demy octavo 8.5 x 5.5 in.
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There is much talk of the glories of ancient Hindu sciences in India today. Landmark discoveries in every field of science, from mathematics to medicine, are being credited to ancient scientists-sages of India. This book places such priority claims in a comparative global history of science. While fully acknowledging the substantial contributions of Indian geometers, mathematicians, physicians, artisans and craftsmen, it challenges their glorification for nationalistic purposes. It also questions the neo-Hindu scientization of yoga and Vedanta pioneered by Swami Vivekananda. Backed by the best available scholarship on history of science, this book offers a reading of history of Indian science without the hype that has come to surround it.

Contents

Introduction

  1. Who Discovered the Pythagorean Theorem?
  2. Nothing That Is: Zero’s Fleeting Footsteps
  3. Genetics, Plastic Surgery and Other Wonders of Ancient  Indian Medicine
  4. Yoga Scientized:  How Swami Vivekananda rewrote Patanjali’s  Yoga Sūtra

References  and Index

On the cover: The Welcome Ayurvedic Anatomical Man, circa 1700

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Meera Nanda is an independent scholar based in the United States. Her education has been in both science and philosophy, and her research interests include the history of science, Hindu nationalism and the subversion of scientific temper,... Read more

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