History of Science and Technology in India is the Product of the heartiest cooperation between the Editors and Publishers. This book is devoted solely to scientific subjects. It has highlighted the Astronomical, Technological, Geological, Medical, Industrial, Developments in the ancient, medieval and modern India.
The Authors whose essays have been compiled in this book need no introduction as they are well-known in their respective fields of their original researches. Their contribution make it clear that this country though better known for its spiritual greatness, witnessed also a high standard of scientific achievements in various fields. Medical science developed in India about the beginning of the Christian era. One of the well-known authorities on Indian medicine was Charaka, who is said to have flourished during the Kushana ruler Kanishka. Mathematics are dealt with in special chapters of the books on the early Indian astronomers, India attained excellence in Algebra. The earliest works of successful Indian Astronomy were the form treatises called the Siddantas. Aryabhatta who was born at Patliputra in 476 AD reduced the doctrine of early works on Astronomy and Mathematics to a practical of concised form.
The earliest coinage of India is known as Punch-marked coins ranging in date from C.6th Century BC to 3rd Century BC. They were mostly of silver. The bent-bar coins from Taxila form a destined class of Punch-marked coins. The Kushana rulers issued a large number of gold coins some of which bear kharoshti inscriptions. Kushanas were electric in outlook and their coins bear various Greek. Zoroastrians and Indian deities. The History of Indian metal-casting goes back to the days of the Indus Civilization. The dancing girl from Mohenjodaro is an excellent piece of metal work. Some of the bronzes of the Gupta, Pallava, Pala and Chola period are among the first specimens of Indian Art.
Various types of technology during the Indus valley civilization, in the classical Age of India, the textile tools used in making the Ajanta Sculptures and Mughal Painting, the Fire Arms, have been very lucidly described. The other important topics are the Aspects of Metal Technology during the early Historic period and the history of Iron and Steel-making in India. Origins and Development of Iron in India and Copper Bronze Technology have been mentioned in detail. The Glass-making in ancient and medieval India, Indigo Industry in India. Evolution of Industries and Industrialization in Primordial Tamil Nadu too are very important aspects which have been described. The readers will find a wide range of information of the Geological concepts in ancient India and medieval India besides the Cartography in Mughal India and the Preliminary sedimentological studies on the Deposits of Kashmir.
The book will be of great value to readers especially the students because it has wide range of information regarding science and its various ramifications. The erudite scholars who have contributed their articles in this book have vividly depicted authentic and useful information for the study of scientific developments of India.