Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Islamic Science

Do read HT Goranson's article on Project Syndicate

I was reminded of Al Beruni the Iranian scholar from the ninth century. Al Beruni had visited India and was a known Sanskrit scholar. He had written one of the most comprehensive books on india of that period - Tarikh al-Hind that roughly translates to Chronicles of India. He had also translated some mathematical work by Indian mathematicians.Indian mathematics made its way to europe through the arabs and the persians. Globalization of science!!!


Mahima Hada said...

I actually own one of Al Beruni's books about India. Tired to plow through it once, but abandoned it 1/4th of the way. Though I missed the connection between the Project and Beruni??

Girish Mallapragada said...

I posted about Beruni's work as an exemplar to Islamic science - the context of Goranson's article on project syndicate.