Indians said that the first aircraft was made by Indians but others laughed.
Indians said that they discovered solar system while the western scientists were busy claiming that earth was flat. But again Indians were laughed at.
But now, the people who laughed at Indians are agreeing that India was the hub of knowledge. Yes, Dr George Gheverghese Joseph from the University of Manchester has revealed that several inventions and discoveries that were originally the work of Hindus were hijacked by foreigners at the course of time.
The team from the Universities of Manchester and Exeter conducted the research and revealed that Indians had passed on their knowledge to Jesuit missionaries who had visited India during the fifteenth century. Eventually this knowledge was passed on to Isaac Newton.
Below, we present the findings of Dr George from University of Manchester.
What has Dr George Gheverghese Joseph from the University of Manchester revealed?
“The beginnings of modern maths is usually seen as a European achievement but the discoveries in medieval India between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries have been ignored or forgotten. The brilliance of Newton’s work at the end of the seventeenth century stands undiminished – especially when it came to the algorithms of calculus”, Dr George said.
Madhava and Nilakantha should get equal respect like Isaac Newton!!!
“But other names from the Kerala School, notably Madhava and Nilakantha, should stand shoulder to shoulder with him as they discovered the other great component of calculus- infinite series. There were many reasons why the contribution of the Kerala school has not been acknowledged – a prime reason is neglect of scientific ideas emanating from the Non-European world – a legacy of European colonialism and beyond”.
“But there is also little knowledge of the medieval form of the local language of Kerala, Malayalam, in which some of most seminal texts, such as the Yuktibhasa, from much of the documentation of this remarkable mathematics is written”.
West imported books from India for nearly 500 years!!!
“For some unfathomable reasons, the standard of evidence required to claim transmission of knowledge from East to West is greater than the standard of evidence required to knowledge from West to East. Certainly it’s hard to imagine that the West would abandon a 500-year-old tradition of importing knowledge and books from India and the Islamic world”.
Jesuits learned about navigational methods and even to calculate accurate time from Kerala mathematicians!!!
“But we’ve found evidence which goes far beyond that: for example, there was plenty of opportunity to collect the information as European Jesuits were present in the area at that time. They were learned with a strong background in maths and were well versed in the local languages. And there was strong motivation: Pope Gregory XIII set up a committee to look into modernising the Julian calendar”.
“On the committee was the German Jesuit astronomer/mathematician Clavius who repeatedly requested information on how people constructed calendars in other parts of the world. The Kerala School was undoubtedly a leading light in this area.
“Similarly there was a rising need for better navigational methods including keeping accurate time on voyages of exploration and large prizes were offered to mathematicians who specialised in astronomy.
“Again, there were many such requests for information across the world from leading Jesuit researchers in Europe. Kerala mathematicians were hugely skilled in this area.”