Indians knew gravity laws 500 yrs before
Ancient Indian mathematician Bhaskaracharya, in his book Siddhanta Shriromani,
had defined laws of gravity in 12th century, 500 years before Newton defined
them for us. The speed of light was known to Indians since Vedic period,
centuries before it was calculated by the Western world.
Maitree, a group of professionals from Tata Consultancy Services and
Bengaluru-based NGO Sanskrit Bharati have come together with a unique
exhibition, Pride of India, to spread awareness about India’s
rich scientific heritage.
The exhibition will showcase 150 posters, each explaining one Sanskrit
shloka from ancient Indian scientific literature. “The shlokas (verses) by
ancient scientists and mathematicians like Bhaskaracharya, Baudhayana,
Apastambha, Bhaskaracharya’s daughter Leelavati have been showcased in the
exhibition.” says Aashish Manjaramkar, exhibition coordinator. “Our aim is to
tell that zero is not the only contribution that Indians have made to science
and maths.” he adds.
Manjramkar tells, “Very few of us know that speed of light was known to
Indians in Vedic period. A shloka says that the speed of light is 2202 yojana
per half nimish. Yojana is a unit of distance which equals to 9.06 miles and
half a nimish (nimishardha) is one tenth of a second. The figure is very close
to the modern measurement of speed of light.”
Sanskrit Bharati, which works in all major cities of India and also in 16 USA
cities., was established in 1983 and works for promotion of Sanskrit as spoken
language. The organisation regularly stages such events across India. The venue
of the exhibition is The TCS’s Quadra office at Magarpatta city on Friday. For
more information about the exhibition call Madhav Kelkar at 9422361095 or
Aashish Manjramkar at 9422188702.
“One of the shlokas in the exhibition describes a conversation between and
his daughter Leelavati, who also was a mathematician. The conversation
beautifully explains spherical shape of earth, gravitation force that keeps
planets revolving in space,” says Manjaramkar.
By : Sushant Kulkarni, Sakaal Times