Addressing the media after the resounding success of Chandrayaan 3’s soft landing on the Moon’s south pole, ISRO Chief S. Somanath delivered a captivating insight into the fusion of ancient wisdom and contemporary scientific achievements.
In a thought-provoking statement, ISRO Chief S. Somanath emphasized that the foundational principles of science were rooted in the Vedas, the ancient Indian scriptures, and later found their way into Western scientific discoveries.
Speaking at a recent conference, he articulated how concepts like algebra, square roots, architectural principles, the nature of the universe, and even aviation were embedded within the Vedas long before they were reinterpreted as Western innovations.
Algebra, square roots, concepts of time, architecture, the structure of the universe, and even aviation were first found in the Vedas but they traveled to Europe through Arab countries, and were subsequently posited as discoveries of scientists of the Western world,— S. Somanath during his address
Drawing upon his expertise as a rocket scientist, Somanath revealed his fascination with a Sanskrit manuscript that delves into the solar system, time scales, and the dimensions of Earth. He stressed that this knowledge is indicative of the advanced scientific acumen present in ancient India.
Scientific theories originated from the Vedas. Being a rocket scientist, I was fascinated by a book in Sanskrit that talks about the solar system, time scale, and the size and circumference of Earth. Engineers and scientists like Sanskrit a great deal,— S. Somanath added
Somanath’s assertion aligns with a growing movement to recognize the rich scientific heritage of India, which dates back thousands of years. While many advancements made in the Western world have gained prominence over time, it is essential to acknowledge the profound contributions that ancient civilizations like India have made to humanity’s understanding of the natural world.
As India continues to make remarkable strides in modern space exploration through organizations like the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Somanath’s perspective sheds light on the interconnectedness of scientific knowledge across cultures and time periods.
The ISRO Chief’s remarks prompt further exploration into the historical underpinnings of modern scientific thought, underscoring the importance of cultural exchange and the interconnected evolution of human understanding.