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Course Detail

Course Name Free Electives (Exploring science and technology in ancient India)
Course Code 23CUL232
Program B.Tech. in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science (Medical Engineering)
Semester IV
Credits 2
Campus Coimbatore

Syllabus

Unit 1

General introduction: principles followed and sources-Astronomy & mathematics from the Neolithic to the Indus Civilization-Astronomy & mathematics in Vedic literature-Vedanga Jyotisha and the first Indian calendars-Shulba Sutras and the foundations of Indian geometry.

Unit 2

Astronomy & mathematics in Jain and Buddhist literature-The transition to the Siddhantic period-Aryabhata and his time-The Aryabhatiya: concepts, content, commentaries-Brahmagupta and his advances-Other great Siddhantic savants-Bhaskara II and his advances.

Unit 3

The Kerala school of mathematics-The Kerala school of astronomy-Did Indian science die out? -Overview of recent Indian scientists, from S. Ramanujan Onward-Conclusion: assessment and discussion.

Course Objectives and Outcomes

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the principles and sources of science and technology in ancient India.
  2. Analyze the evolution of astronomy and mathematics from the Neolithic era to the Kerala school.
  3. Evaluate the contributions of Jain, Buddhist, and Siddhantic periods to Indian science.
  4. Discuss the legacy of Indian science, encompassing ancient times to modern contributions by figures like S. Ramanujan.

Course Outcomes:

After completing this course, students should be able to:
CO1: Appreciate the principles and sources of science and technology in ancient India.
CO2: Understand the evolution of astronomy and mathematics during the Neolithic, Indus Civilization, Vedic literature, and Vedanga Jyotisha periods.
CO3: Analyze the contributions of Jain and Buddhist literature to astronomy and mathematics.
CO4: Evaluate the Siddhantic period, focusing on Aryabhata, Brahmagupta, Bhaskara II, and the Kerala school of mathematics.
CO5: Discuss the legacy of Indian science, exploring its continuity from ancient times to recent scientists like S. Ramanujan.

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Textbook(s)

  1. S. Balachandra Rao, Indian Mathematics and Astronomy: Some Landmarks.

Reference(s)

  1. IFIH’s interactive multimedia DVD on Science & Technology in Ancient India.

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