Science in Classical Indian Texts
The Infinity Foundation projects on History of Indian Science and Technology
are based on a policy decision to be conservative and rigorous before accepting
claims.In particular, we have wished to focus on those areas where physical
evidence is available today, for scientific examination objectively, e.g.
Therefore our projects have avoided including those claims that are extrapolated
from classical Indian texts, such as Mahabharata.This conservative policy
is partly because many exaggerations have been made by scholars lacking vigor
and due diligence. This has earned the field a bad reputation, with "chauvinism"
being a common allegation.
The collection of scientific claims presented in this special section is
not a part of our History of Indian Science and Technology projects,
for the reasons mentioned above.
The purpose for this section is to bring classical text based claims to serious
forums for debate and critical examination, something that the old school
controlling power over scholarship has prevented.
These claims are the work of an independent organization. Each claim must
be evaluated on its own merits. The group doing this work has so far supplied
12 items, but has 1,000 items documented in total, of which 300 are in extensive
detail with considerable bibliographies.
We encourage such work and new debates.
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