Science in Saffron

Skeptical Essays on History of Science

Meera Nanda


Three Essays Collective, New Delhi , 2016

Language: ENGLISH

195 pages

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There is much talk of the glories of ancient Hindu sciences in India today. Landmark discoveries in every field of science, from mathematics to medicine, are being credited to ancient scientists-sages of India. This book places such priority claims in a comparative global history of science. While fully acknowledging the substantial contributions of Indian geometers, mathematicians, physicians, artisans and craftsmen, it challenges their glorification for nationalistic purpose. It also questions the neo-Hindu scientization of yoga and Vedanta pioneered by Swami Vivekananda. Backed by the best available scholarship on history of science, this book offers a reading of history of Indian science without the hype that has come to surround it.

Meera Nanda

Meera Nanda is an independent scholar based in the United States. She has been a John Templeton Foundation Fellow in Religion and Science (2005-2007), and is currently in India as Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali. Her essays in various academic and popular journals have been widely read and discussed. She is the author of Prophets Facing Backward: Postmodernism, Science and Hindu Nationalism; Postmodernism and Religious Fundamentalism: A Scientific Rebuttal to Hindu Science; The God Market.