Ancient Sanskrit texts are a repository for scientific wisdom contained as a capsule. The
fragrance of this wisdom needs to be spread far and wide including every household in our sacred
land of India. The "Cutting Edge Technologies" being presented in the forthcoming Science Congress
, sharpened by the steely wisdom of our ancient seers should sprinkle intellectual thoughts making
India a leader in "Science and Technology" in the foreseeable future . India should take
leadership in the global movement of peace, moving with nature and environment, spearheading the
scientific spirit of inquisitiveness in achieving the objectives of human upliftment for the
benefit and welfare of the entire universe.
The Academy of Sanskrit Research with its vision of "Bridging the gap between the Past and the
future through the present" has been making efforts to reach out to the public this valuable
information for their benefits through several platforms of scientific research. The present
venture, the book on "Science and technology in India through the ages” is one such humble effort.
The Academy of Sanskrit Research, Melkote based on successful handling of the project on
"Cosmology" for ISRO, was asked to take up the challenging task of bringing out a book which can
throw some light on Science and Technology in India through the ages. The academy accepted the
challenge in spite of heavy odds like short time frame. The task of convincing the modern
scientists and present generation about the wisdom contained in the ancient texts is really a
But the academy, in its own humble and systematic way set forth to unearth the secrets of wisdom
through ancient texts and view the modern scientific developments in the light of the above.
Strange as it may seem, the results of many scientific researches are stunningly taking us back to
the stark reality of the eternal truth of ancient wisdom.
The spread of “Ayurveda” and the spurt in the global demand of herbal medicine in the last decade
is one such area where the healing effects of local herbs in several places around globe is being
The Academy humbly dedicates this book to the great Sage “Maharsi Bharadvaja” who has contributed
a lot of the development of Science and Technology in the world.
The Academy submits this book to the public for their kind review and unbiased analysis. The
Academy requests knowledge seekers to send their valuable views to the Director and Chief Editor.
With best wishes
This book "Science and Technology in India through the Ages" is a book written in a simple yet
easy to understand style. The book traces the developments in different fields of science from
ancient times to modern times. It analyses the requirements of modern times and how the same could
be benefitted by capsules of ancient wisdom.
Unique, because the book attempts to unlock the mysteries of the past, compares the ancient
visions and results of modern research based experiments and place the facts before the public in
an unbiased way for their critical study and judicial implementation in life.
Covering a wide range of chapters from Agriculture to Ayurveda to Architecture: the book has 5
sections and 22 chapters. Chapters are grouped into Sections and is subdivided for clarity.
Suitable illustrations make the study interesting. The book is thought simulating and follows a
Efforts are made to give all documents on ancient wisdom with proper references to the stanza, the
book, the author etc. This brings in certain discipline and ease in identifying the ancient books.
There are sections on Physical Sciences covering Physics, Energy, Cosmology, Astronomy,
Mathematics, Chemistry. Earth Sciences featuring.
l. Seismology, how Varahamihira’s predictions are as close to recent studies in Seismological
Zones in India.
2. On Gemmology, how gems can be identified.
3. On Geology.
Biological Sciences covering
l. Agriculture - highlighting the steps India need to take for withstanding the onslaughts of WTO
trade barriers based on ancient agricultural practices.
2. On water management, highlighting the water supply and watershed programmes in remote corners
4. Ayurveda, Anatomy, Surgery, Vrksayurveda.
Industry & Technology covering Metallurgy, Aeronautics, Industry & Trade and Architecture.
General Section: This section covers achievements of masters in twentieth century and references.
We have used the relevant internet information and also information from similar books for the
benefit of the public. We are grateful for the same.
This is a book to the read, enjoyed, digested, reviewed again and again, implemented judiciously
in life. The editors will be extremely satisfied, if even a small piece of the wisdom highlighted
in the book turns out to be of value addition in the life of respectable readers.
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