Glimpses of Ancient Science and Scientists
About the Book
Ancient science grew from the efforts of men and women of ages long past, speaking different languages, living with world views very different from our own. All through human history, every culture has had original thinkers, creative artists, and hard working achievers. Their labors resulted in discoveries which constituted the science of the age. As we embark on the next millennium, it will be good to recognize that we are, one and all, heirs to many interesting ideas, insights and breakthroughs that were initiated by ancient peoples. Though their works were affiliated with different cultures and periods, we must learn to look upon them as humanity's heritage, rather than as the specific achievements of this group or that. The ancients made many interesting and significant contributions to scientific thought and discoveries, which we should recall, appreciate, and be grateful for. The propounders of earlier world views were men and women of keen intellect who gave what seemed to them to be the most satisfying answers to the questions they posed, within the constraints of their cultural framework and currently available data. They are deserving of our highest respect and warmest admiration. Yet, it is important to recognize that there are also fundamental differences between ancient and modern science. Even in the midst of our current civilization characterized by fast pace and countless gadgetry, it may be of some interest to look into the thoughts and achievements of ancient science. It is by knowing, however superficially, what other cultures accomplished that we develop genuine respect for them. This book should be of interest to the general reader, and it may also serve as a text in an introductory course on the history of science, for all too often such courses barely mention anything beyond ancient Greece in the context of ancient science.
About the Author
Varadaraja V. Raman Ph.D. (University of Paris) is Emeritus Professor of Physics and Humanities at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. He was elected Senior Fellow at the Metanexus Institute (Philadelphia, USA), and Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion (Cambridge, UK). He is a recipient of the Raja Rao Award from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi, India), and of the Outstanding Scholar Award from the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS). Currently, he is serving as President of IRAS. He has written extensively on Indic culture, and is the author of several books and articles relating the philosophy and history of science, including Truth and Tension in Science and Religion, as well as Variety in Religion and Science. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varadaraja_V._Raman http://acharyavidyasagar.wordpress.com/