Hinduism and Science: Contemporary Considerations with Varadaraja V. Raman, “Hinduism and Science: Some Reflections”; David L. Gosling, “Science and the Hindu Tradition: Compatibility or Conflict?”; Thomas B. Ellis, “Growing Up Amid the Religion and Science Affair: A Perspective from Indology”; C. Mackenzie Brown, “Conciliation, Conflict, or Complementarity: Responses to Three Voices in the Hinduism and Science Discourse”; Jonathan B. Edelmann, “The Role of Hindu Theology in the Religion and Science Dialogue”
SCIENCE AND THE HINDU TRADITION: COMPATIBILITY OR CONFLICT?
Article first published online: 23 AUG 2012
© 2012 by the Joint Publication Board of Zygon
Volume 47, Issue 3, pages 575–588, September 2012
How to Cite
Gosling, D. L. (2012), SCIENCE AND THE HINDU TRADITION: COMPATIBILITY OR CONFLICT?. Zygon, 47: 575–588. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9744.2012.01275.x
- Issue published online: 23 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 23 AUG 2012
- Hindu literature;
Abstract While much has been written about science and the Abrahamic religious traditions, there is little about the Hindu tradition and science. We examine two recent authors who have explored the relationship between the two, in one case across the full spectrum of Indian history, and in the other with a specific focus on the Bhāgavata Purāṇa, a ninth- to eleventh-century CE document centered on the Lord Krishna.
These two publications are compared with a symposium of articles by scientists and scholars of the Hindu tradition that consider both science and religion heuristically in terms of “knowing the unknowable.” Each contribution explores this concept in accordance with the scientific or religious topic's internal self-understanding, without any cross-fertilization (“cherry picking”) across the boundaries.
Finally, we consider the author's own approach, which is intermediate between the previous mentioned in that it reviews the work of Hindu scientists who shaped the course of their research in accordance with their Vedāntic beliefs. These include Satyendra Nath Bose, who collaborated with Einstein on his quest for a unified field theory, and gave his name to a class of fundamental particles called bosons.