Questions on Goonatilake

1) p. 2 what is problematic about Goonatilake's phrase "more sophisticated, literate, city cultures?"

2) p. 2 What is problematic about the claim that Indian philosophy shows knowledge of quantum physics and relativity?

3) p. 3 What is helpful about Goonatilake's phrase "cumulative maps?"

4) pp. 4-5 What is suggested by the architectural evidence of Indus valley civilization? What might be problematic about this in terms of comparing it with the geometry of African architecture?

5) p. 6 Summarize Vedic period astronomy and mathematics, using comparisons to Greek knowledge of that time.

6) p. 7 How did the philosophy of the Charvakas presage that of modern western science?

7) p. 8 What is Ayurvedic medicine, and did it treat smallpox and leprosy?

8) p. 9 Describe traditional Indian practices analogous to western metal work, chemistry, and civil engineering.

9) p. 10 Describe the work of ancient astronomers Arybhata and Bhaskara.

10) pp. 11,20 Describe traditional Indian knowledge of acoustical physics and practical invention.

11) pp. 18 Compare the theory of vega to Aristole's theory of natural motion:

"Materials composed of earth and water has a natural propensity to return to the earth and, therefore, to fall. As it gets closer its desire gets even greater, hence acceleration. Those composed of fire and air attempt to return to the sky. Propulsion of earth objects can only occur by an exterior movement (such as a horse pulling a cart); but an arrow can fly because it creates a vacuum and the air rushes in behind it, pushing it further." (excerpted from Hess pg. 58).