Ancient Indian Geeks…their inventions and discoveries that changed da world

a little more trivia for you…which is only intended to clutter your head with noise…

Chess…was invented in India…chess.jpgThe digit “zero” was invented in Indiazero.jpgAlgebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies which originated in India.algebra.jpgThe’ place value system’ and the ‘decimal system’ were developed in 100 BC in India.place-value.jpgThe value of “pi” was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century, which was long before the European mathematicians. pi.jpgThe word “Algorithm” was actually supposed to be pronounced “Al-Khwarizmi”, which was the name of an eminent 9th century Arab scholar, who played important roles in importing knowledge on arithematic and algebra from India to the Arabs. In his work, De numero indorum (Concerning the Hindu Art of Reckoning), it was based presumably on an Arabic translation of Brahmagupta where he gave a full account of the Hindu numerals which was the first to expound the system with its digits 0,1,2,3,…,9 and decimal place value which was a fairly recent arrival from India.The new notation came to be known as that of al-Khwarizmi, or more carelessly, algorismi; ultimately the scheme of numeration making use of the Hindu numerals came to be called simply algorism or algorithm, a word that, originally derived from the name al-Khwarizmi, now means, more generally, any peculiar rule of procedure or operation. algorithm.jpgSanskrit is considered as the mother of all higher languages. This is because it is the most precise, and therefore suitable language for computer software. ( a report in Forbes magazine, July 1987 ).sanskrit.jpgThe art of Navigation was born in the river Sindh 6000 over years ago. The very word ‘Navigation’ is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH. The word navy is also derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Nou’.nav.jpgLegend has it that the South Indian martial arts form Kalaripattu…may be the original mother of all martial arts…Kung- fu, popularized by the monks of the Shoaling Temple traces its ancestry to Bodhi Dharma – an Indian Buddhist monk and Kalaripayattu master.kalaripayattu-art.jpgAyurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to mankind. The father of medicine, Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.ayurveda.jpgUsage of anesthesia was well known in ancient India medicine. Detailed knowledge of anatomy, embryology, digestion, metabolism, physiology, etiology, genetics and immunity is also found in many ancient Indian texts. Sushruta is regarded as the father of surgery. Over 2600 years ago Sushrata & his team conducted complicated surgeries like cataract, artificial limbs, cesareans, fractures, urinary stones and also plastic surgery and brain surgeries.surgery.jpg
The first Geek to discover that the Earth was moving around the sun- Aryabhata, it so happens, was apparently quite skeptical of the widely held doctrines about eclipses and also about the belief that the Sun goes round the Earth. He didn’t think that eclipses were caused by Rahu but by the Earth’s shadow over the Moon and the Moon obscuring the Sun. As early as the sixth century, he talked of the diurnal motion of the earth and the appearance of the Sun going round it. Bhaskaracharya rightly calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. His calculations was – Time taken by earth to orbit the sun: ( 5th century ) 365.258756484 days.orbit.jpgEarliest known precise celestial calculations in astronomy.As argued by James Q. Jacobs, Aryabhata, an Indian Mathematician (c. 500AD) accurately calculated celestial constants like earth’s rotation per solar orbit, days per solar orbit, days per lunar orbit. In fact, to the best of my knowledge, no source from prior to the 18th century had more accurate results on the values of these constants! Click here for details. Aryabhata’s 499 AD computation of pi as 3.1416 (real value 3.1415926…) and the length of a solar year as 365.358 days were also extremely accurate by the standards of the next thousand years.astronomy-2.jpgAnd Indians were the earliest people to imagine the future as a long long long way ahead…The notion of of time spans that are truly gigantic by modern standards are rarely found in ancient civilizations as the notion of large number is rare commodity. Apart from the peoples of the Mayan civilization, the ancient Hindus appear to be the only people who even thought beyond a few thousand years. In the famed book Cosmos, physicist-astronomer-teacher Carl Sagan writes “A millennium before Europeans were wiling to divest themselves of the Biblical idea that the world was a few thousand years old, the Mayans were thinking of millions and the Hindus billions” future.jpg

read more detailed accounts of Ancient Indian discoveries at indianchild.com and thisismyindia

And here’s a bizarre little song from the 80’s dedicated to Indian Geeks, ancient and New… “She Blinded me with Science”…by Thomas Dolby…

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31 Comments

  1. nice post…..reminds me of that papaji in Goodness Gracious Me who says “It is Indian!” “He is Indian”……Sindhi Crawford! An Indian!

    Very algomantric post, there. Geekacious.

  2. yeah. lol. reminds me of that skit too. I’m putting up that Goodness Gracious Me Clip now. Leonardo Da Vinci – another great inventor- Also an Indian!

  3. this one of most valued information that i have got about how civilised and advance civilisation was india thank you very much to give such a good idea about the indian discoveries and inventions.

  4. ok thanks it help me allot……

    heheheeh

  5. There are many many more…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Indian_inventions_and_discoveries

  6. very nice info

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  9. omg scott your such a bloody loser.

    • NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALEX

  10. I AM NOT HERE.

  11. Am I actually here?

    • are you
      ?

  12. ALL HAIL THE ONE WINGED ANGEL SEPHIROTH!!!

  13. OMG your such retards!!!

    • who are you?

  14. Gavin,i refuse to watch fight club, not everyone in the world likes it.

    • You don’y understand. It’s not a big deal, I just6 recommend you watch it.

  15. I understand, it is probablly a good movie, its just the fact that you did say. EVERYONE likes it. You need to understand not everyone likes everything…love you gavy wavy.

    • Stop being petty and immature. I was saying it as a general statement.

      Just watch it.

  16. I will never give you up and never let you down

  17. i am invisible mwahahahah!!!

    • nooo, WHO are YOU?????

  18. ya mum hehe!!!! you should do your work!!!

  19. shut up…sephiroth

  20. nah

  21. OK LAST COMMENT, now stop guys and lets go…

  22. Love what you’ve done here…people still argue with me that the number system originated in Arabia, when in fact the Arabs specifically note that they attained the system from us Indians.

    There were mass killings of ‘witches’ who were just women with the power to heal or help those in need-such as midwives who helped during child birth…wonder what they would have done to those who used anesthesia in ancient India.

  23. A great mathematician. Without the inventions the world would be different.

  24. o god because of these great mathematician we r doing such an intreasting subject maths . without them it would have been more difficult

  25. after reading this iam really proud to be an indian


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