We owe a lot to Indians
who taught us how to count,
without which no worthwhile
scientific discovery could
have been made.
Albert Einstein
After the conversations about Indian
philosophy, some of the ideas of
Quantum Physics that had seemed so
crazy suddenly made much more sense.
Werner Heisenberg
What we shall find in Modern Physics is an
exemplification, an encouragement and a
refinement of old Hindu wisdom.
Julius R. Oppenheimer
Some blood transfusion from the
East to the West is must to save
Western science from spiritual
Erwin Schroedinger
I am convinced that everything has come down to us from
the banks of the Ganga — Astronomy, Astrology,
Spiritualism, etc.
It is very important to note that some 2,500 years ago at the
least Pythagoras went from Samos to the Ganga to learn
But he would certainly not have undertaken such a strange
journey had the reputation of the Brahmins’ science not
been long established in Europe…
Francois M. Voltaire

The motion of the stars calculated by
the Hindus before some 4500 years
vary not even a single minute from the
modern tables of Cassine and Meyer.
Jean-Sylvain Bailly
It is, indeed, a remarkable circumstance that when
Western civilization discovers ‘ Relativity
Theory’ it applies it to the manufacture of
atom-bombs, whereas Oriental civilization
applies it to the development of new states of
Alan Watts

The vastest knowledge of today cannot

transcend the buddhi (intellect) of the Rishis in
ancient India; and science, in its most advanced
stage now, is closer to Vedanta
than ever before.
Alfred North Whitehead

To the Indian Rishis the ‘Divine play’ was the
evolution of the cosmos through countless aeons.
They say, there is an infinite number of creations in
an infinite universe. The Rishis gave the name
kalpa to the unimaginable span of time between the
beginning and the end of creation.
Fritjof Capra

India – the land of Vedas, the remarkable
works contains not only religious ideas for
a perfect life, but also facts which science
has proved true. Electricity, radium,
electronics, airship, all are known to the
seers who founded the Vedas.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The Hinduism is the only one of the world’s
greatest faiths dedicated to the idea that the
Cosmos itself undergoes an immense, indeed
an infinite, number of deaths and rebirths. It is
the only religion in which the time scales
correspond to those of modern scientific
Dr. Carl Sagan
Mankind’s origins can be traced to India, where
the human mind got the first shapes of wisdom
and virtue with a simplicity, strength and
sublimity which has – frankly spoken – nothing,
nothing at all equivalent in our philosophical,
cold European world.
Johann Gottfried Herder

The Hindu systems of astronomy are by

far the oldest and that from which the
Egyptians, Greek, Romans and – even the
Jews derived from the Hindus their
Jean-Sylvain Bailly
It is India that gave us the ingenious method
of expressing all numbers by ten symbols,
each receiving a value of position as well as
an absolute value, a profound and important
idea which appears so simple to us now that
we ignore its true merit.
Pierre Simon de Laplace

The Vedanta and the Sankhya hold the key to

the laws of mind and thought process which
are co-related to the Quantum Field, i.e. the
operation and distribution of particles at
atomic and molecular levels.
Brian David Josephson

To the philosophers of India, however, ‘Theory of

Relativity’ is no new discovery, just as the concept
of light years is no matter for astonishment to
people used to thinking of time in millions of
kalpas, (one kalpa is about 4,320,000 years).
Alan Watts

Yoga, as a ‘science’ of achieving this
transformation of finite man into the infinite,
One has to be recognized as something
intrinsically Indian or, as ‘a specific dimension
of the Indian mind.
Mircea Eliade
Wherever we direct our attention

to Hindu literature, the notion of
infinity presents itself.
Sir William Jones

It is the ancient Indian culture that has
regarded the science of numbers as the
noblest of its arts…
A thousand years ahead of Europeans,
Indian Savants knew that the zero and
infinity were mutually inverse notions.
Georges Ifrah
Ancient India gave to the world its religions and
philosophies. Egypt and Greece owe India their wisdom
and it is known that Pythagoras went to India to study
under Brahmins, who were the most enlightened
of human beings.
Pierre Sonnerat

Nearly all the philosophical and mathematical doctrines

attributed to Pythagoras are derived from India.
Leopold von Schroeder

The most important characteristic of the Eastern world
view – one could almost say the essence of it – is the
awareness of the unity and mutual interrelation of all
things and events, the experience of all phenomena in
the world as manifestations of a basic oneness. All things
are seen as interdependent and inseparable parts
of this cosmic whole; as different manifestations of the
same ultimate reality.
Fritjof Capra

The atomic structure of matter is mentioned in
the Hindu treatises Vaisesika and Nyaya. The
Yoga Vasishta says: —– there are vast worlds
within the hollows of each atom, multifarious as
the specks in a sunbeam —– which we have
assumed now as true.
Andrew Tomas

India was China’s teacher in religion and
imaginative literature, and the world’s teacher in
Trigonometry, Quadratic Equations, Grammar,
Phonetics, Arabian Nights, Animal fables, chess, as
well as in philosophy, and that she inspired
Boccaccio, Goethe, Herder, Schopenhauer,
Emerson, and probably also old Aesop.
Dr. Lin Yutang

Long before it became a scientific
aspiration to estimate the age of the earth,
many elaborate systems of the world
chronology had been devised by the sages
of antiquity.
Professor Arthur Holmes

We catch a glimpse of the great river of science

which never ceases to flow in India. For India
has carried and scattered the data of
intellectual progress for the whole world, ever
since the pre-Buddhist period when she
produced the Sankhya philosophy and the
atomic theory.
Professor Kakuzo Okakura
Have we not here the whole of Darwinian evolution confirmed by
geology and foreseen at least 6,000 years ago? On the other
hand, is this not the theory of Akasa which we more clumsily call
the ether, the sole source of all substances, to which our science
is returning? But the scientific ether is not precisely the Hindu
Akasa which is much more subtle and immaterial being a sort of
spiritual element or divine energy, space uncreated,
imperishable, and infinite.
Count Maurice Maeterlinck

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