The ConceptIndia is known for her early scientific wisdom and a treasure of scientific heritage. Several sages and scholars had been working on medicinal, mathematical, astronomical, agricultural, physiological, physical, chemical, metallurgical and architectural sciences in Indian subcontinent for the time immemorial. They had composed volumes in their respective fields based on their experiences and experiments. They have used various means of communication, like oral communication, Guru-Shishya-Parampara (teacher-pupil tradition of teaching and learning), and dissemination of information by interacting people. Thus, for a long time, the tradition of oral communication continued, in addition to scientific texts written by such knowledge creators. According to Sappier: “Every cultural pattern and every single act of social behaviors involve communication, in either an explicit or implicit sense”.
India has a tradition of acquiring knowledge, discovering the secrets of the nature; by examining and thorough observations and by applying certain procedure; what we call today, the method of science. The then Indian intellectuals transmitted the knowledge through oral communication and unique compositions, for generations after generations. However, much later, they had written down such information on different surfaces, like rocks, palm leaf, Bhojpatra, bark of various trees, copper and bronze plates, and eventually on paper. These communication materials have now become the potential sources of the information on early science and technology that has made tremendous impact on the emergence of modern science and technology.Read more