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    A History of Hindu Chemistry
by Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray, 1902
One of the rare and important books published
in the 20th century, it delineates the history of chemistry and science from the ancient times to the middle of the 16th century, with Sanskrit texts, variants, translation and illustrations.
Ray reminds his readers that the Greeks them- selves derived their knowledge of many things from the Hindus, who had, for example, solved the 47th proposition of the first book of Euclid, 200 years
before the birth of Pythagoras. Relying on this and similar evidence, Ray quotes other weighty opinions, and furnishes additional
evidence in support of the view that the Arabs were even more indebted to the Hindus. In the eighth century, the Caliphs of Bagh- dad ordered several of the medical works of India to be translated, and learned Arabs were sent to India, both then and later, to study science.
History of Hindu Mathematics
by Bibhutibhushan Datta and Awadhesh Narayan Singh, 1930
The book is a treatise on the history of Indian mathematics, which was originally published in two parts; the planned third volume was never published. The book has since been reissued in one volume. It provides a glimpse into the antiquity and value of India’s achievements
in the realm of mathematics dating back to a few thousand years. Based on the original work of Datta, the
manuscript was entrusted to his junior, Singh, when the former turned an ascetic after retirement.
The Life and Work of
Sir Jagadis C Bose
by Sir Patrick Geddes, 1920
Geddes was an evolutionary biologist, a sociologist and an urban planner who first met Bose at Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900. When Geddes visited India some years later, he got introduced to the entire length of Bose’s scientific work, conducted, as he observed, despite British obstacles. He was convinced of
writing Bose’s biography because he felt that the latter’s scien- tific achievements not only changed the direction of science in India, they also won recognition for Indians their exact capacity for science.
A History of Hindu Civilisation during British Rule
by Pramatha Nath Bose in 3 volumes, 1896
This book brings together a comprehensive history of Hindu civilisation during the British Rule. The writings have been divided into three categories — socio-religious conditions,
social conditions, and industrial conditions. Socio-religious conditions discuss topics like caste system, marriage cus- toms, sati, sea voyages, forbidden food and drink, etc. Social conditions cover topics such as the social position of women, joint family culture, amusement, food, dress, ornaments, etc. Industrial conditions focus on agriculture, art, industries, modern methods of manufacturing, mining industries, etc.
A Short History of Aryan Medical Science
by Bhagavat Simhaji, 1876
An elaborate and complete history of Hindu medical science with il- lustrations. The book delves into the Hindu theory of creation, theory of Indian medicine, Indian Materia medica, vicissitudes of Indian medicine and surgery, etc., in detail.
The author was the ruling Maharaja of Gondal (in Kathiawad, Gujarat) from 1869 to 1944 and the only royal to take a medical degree — he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and graduated as a doctor in 1895.
The Calcutta Journal
of Medicine
by Mahendralal Sircar, 1868
Mahendralal Sircar, second MD from
Calcutta Medical College and the
renowned physician who had the privi-
lege of treating Sri Ramakrishna, was
also a brilliant homeopath. He founded
the journal, with himself as editor, to
popularise and propagate Homeopath-
ic treatment. He is best remembered as
the founder of India’s first indigenous scientific institute, the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS).
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