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Hindu Achievements In Exact Science - A study in the history of scientific development
By Benoy Kumar Sarkar
Published by Longmans, Green & Co., New York - 1918
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The main object of this little book is to furnish some of the chronological links and logical affinities between the scientific investigations of the Hindus and those of the Greeks, Chinese, and Saracens. Details relating to thte migration of discoveries have been generally avoided, as they require a treatment more technical than the present scope and space admit. Nor have all the achievements of the Hindus in any branch of science been treated in an
It has been sought to present a comprehensive, though very brief account of the entire scientific work of ancient and mediasval India in the perspective of developments in other lands. From the standpoint of modem science a great part of all that is described here is too elementary to have more than an anthropological interest. If, however, the facts of Hindu and Chinese science were made available in more extensive volumes than has yet been done, the students of comparative culture-history would find that the tendencies of the Oriental mind have not been essentially distinct from those of the Occidental.
Photograph from an album of 80 albumen prints taken by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey, showing the celebrated Iron Pillar of Delhi's Qutub Minar complex in the foreground, with an archway beyond. James Fergusson's description accompanying the image reveals: 'The large arches are fifty-three feet high and about twenty-two feet wide, the smaller ones about half that size. The carving is of an unexampled delicacy, and consists of Arabic inscriptions alternated with Hindoo ornament similar to that on other parts of the enclosure.' The pillar, cast from a pure iron which has never corroded, is a relic of the Gupta period and dates from the 4th century. How it came to stand within the 12th century mosque complex is unknown. It was originally a dhvajasthambha or victory standard and was possibly placed here or retained here by Qutub-ud-din Aibak to signify victory.
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