The Origin and Growth of Astronomy, as Viewed from an Indian Context

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We attempt to create a comprehensive model for the origin and growth of astronomy in a culture. We show that it primarily follows four distinct phases that we classify as the initial, settlement, civilization and technology-based phases. Using examples from Indian prehistory and history we show that these phases mark distinct steps in the growth of astronomy in a culture. While the examples are taken from Indian culture, we suggest that it also should be possible to identify these phases in other cultures.


Indus Culture Settlement Phase Human Burial Mathematical Astronomy Vedic Period 
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We wish to thank the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust for the financial assistance for the programme. We also wish to thank our colleagues, but particularly Parag Mahajani, V Nandagopal, Hrishikesh Joglekar, Srikumar Menon, Aniket Sule, Sudha Bhujle, Kavita Gangal, Bhagyashree Tarde, P.P. Divakaran and B.V. Subbarayappa, who through long discussions have helped us formalise our ideas.


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  1. 1.Tata Institute of Fundamental ResearchMumbaiIndia

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