This book is the first ever effort to examine Arthasastra from the standpoint of modern science and technology. Analysing meticulously layers after layers of Kautilya's complex sutras (aphoristic statements), the author unfolds scientific perceptions, hypotheses, operational techniques and other significant dimensions of several ancient Indian disciplines, like minerology, mining, gemmology, metallurgy, agriculture, town planning, civil engineering, and even environment. Himself a professional geologist, Sunil Sarma had adopted the current normative techniques for the scientific evaluation of Arthasastra, while using all through modern idiom to spell out its scientific content. An unbiased study based on Sarma's honest, altogether fresh interpretation of Arthasastra's archaic Sanskrit language and its peculiar scientific terminology, the book will fascinate Indologists, historians of science, and many area-specialists.
About the Author:
SUNIL SEN SARMA is a geologist of wide repute. A former Director, Geological Survey of India, he is also an extensively published scholar, credited with the authorship of over a hundred articles and five books: both in English and Bengali.