The NIAS Logo and the Sulva-Sutra

Siddhartha, V and Narasimha, Roddam and Nambiar, Balan (2019) The NIAS Logo and the Sulva-Sutra. [Audio] (Unpublished)

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Abstract: The NIAS Logo, as Prof. Narasimha notes*, “… can be traced back to a remarkable Sanskrit work called the Sulva-sutra (The Manual of the Cord) which, while being concerned chiefly with vedic ritual, displays a deep knowledge of geometry from pre-Euclidean times. The NIAS logo displays the arrangement of bricks in the first layer of an altar called syena-cita, in the shape of an eagle or falcon (= syena), with 200 bricks of five different shapes. Vedic fire-altars were of two kinds, the perpetual ones (nitya) and the optional ones (kamya). The syena-cita is an optional fire, meant for those who desire heaven, and is constructed in the likeness of the falcon. Although the Sutra appears to be a manual of applied geometry it is remarkable that, apart from the formidable geometrical problems solved there, many general geometrical propositions are in fact stated and frequently used. The syena-cita was therefore a creation for the spirit inspired by Vedic philosophy, and founded on great mathematics and engineering - an apt symbol for all the things that NIAS stands for”. *http://eprints.nias.res.in/1326/
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Subjects: NIAS Resources > NIAS Lectures
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2019 10:55
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2019 06:41
Official URL: http://eprints.nias.res.in/1326/
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    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/1830

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