1st Edition

Aspects of Science and Technology in Ancient India

Edited By Arun Kumar Jha, Seema Sahay Copyright 2023
    182 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    182 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book critically examines different aspects of scientific and technological development in Ancient India. It studies the special contribution of the history of science in our scientific understanding and its relationship with the philosophy and sociology of science.

    The volume:

    1. Discusses diverse and wide-ranging themes including Tibetan Buddhist tradition of neuro-biology;
    2. Sheds light on the unique developments within iron technology and urbanization in ancient Odisha;
    3. Studies the trajectory of proto-historic astronomy in India and the science of monsoon in early India;
    4. Evaluates the legacy of Aryabhata based on his major works related to astronomy and mathematics through a multidimensional perspective;
    5. Analyses the traditional knowledge of medicine in early India, the golden age of surgery with reference to the ancient Greek and Arabic systems of medicine, and the Buddhist influence on the science of medicine in Tibet.

    This book will be an essential read for scholars and researchers of ancient history, Indian history, history of science, history of technology, science and technology studies, and South Asian studies.

    Introduction- Arun Kumar Jha 1. Perspectives on Scientific Knowledge in Ancient India -Deepak Kumar 2. Some Methodological Questions on the Study of History of Science and P.C. Ray’s History of Hindu Chemistry- Arun Bandopadhyay 3. Re-reading Iron in Northeast India: Beyond Nationalist and Communal Approaches - Amrendra Kumar Thakur 4.  Iron Technology and Urbanization in Odisha (1st millennium BC to 4th century AD) Byomkesh Tripathy and Dibishada Brajsundar Garnayak 5. The Aryabhata Legacy- Sabyasachi Chatterjee 6. Proto-historic Astronomy in India: A Review- Venkateswaran Thathamangalam Viswanathan 7. Sushruta: The Sage-surgeon of Ancient India and his Surgical Instruments- Amarnath Thakur 8. Traditional Knowledge of Medicine in Ancient India (Based on Classical Texts and Treatises)- Seema Sahay 9. Indic Sciences in Tibet: The Development of Ayurveda in Tibet and its Transformation as Tibetan Medicine - Melarkode Narayanaswamy Rajesh 10.  Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and Neuro-psychobiology- Arun Kumar Jha


    Arun Kumar Jha has had a long teaching and research experience as Professor of History in T. M. Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur. He worked as Visiting Fellow and Visiting Professor, besides being Resource Person in various universities. He was empanelled by the ICCR, New Delhi, as Professor to the Chairs of Indian Studies Abroad. There are several published research papers and books to his credit.

    Seema Sahay is an accomplished academic writer and a freelance consultant associated with publishing industry. She holds an impressive academic record up to her Ph.D. and worked as a Junior Research Fellow of ICHR, New Delhi, in the Department of History, T. M. Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur. She is engaged in historical studies especially related to science of medicine in the history of ancient India. She has participated in a number of seminars and conferences. Some of her research papers are published in different journals and proceedings.