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Science in ancient India
Stewart, Melissa.
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Publication Information:
New York : F. Watts, [1999]

Physical Description:
64 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 25 cm.
An overview of the scientific contributions of ancient India including Arabic numerals, ayurveda, basic chemistry and physics, and celestial observations.
Reading Level:
1020 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.2 3 Quiz: 14912 Guided reading level: NR.
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Q124.95 .S75 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This Series meets National Curriculum Standards for: Science: History and Nature of Science Science as Inquiry Social Studies: Culture Global Connections Science, Technology, & Society Time, Continuity, & Change

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8This attractive title begins with the great ancient cities of Mohenjo-daro and Harappa and a brief overview of Indian history. A chronology places the various empires and cultures in context but is somewhat confusing because time is noted in years ago rather than standard B.C.E. and A.D. notations. Succeeding chapters look at medicine, mathematics, astronomy, and physics, with an emphasis on how much Indian scientists and philosophers understood and practiced in these areas centuries before their counterparts in Western Europe. Theories and techniques of ayurveda (the science of long life), yoga, and surgery are related with quotes from the ancient writings describing them. Stewart pinpoints the earliest origins of our counting system in ancient India, citing later developments in higher math and an understanding of the Earths place in the universe and its nature as a spinning sphere as much as 1000 years before those ideas were accepted in the West. Indian scientists and mathematicians are named and quoted whenever possible, although the portraits provided among the full-color illustrations and reproductions are of Democritus, Hippocrates, Ptolemy, Kepler, etc. Overall, a useful and unique resource.Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.