Discussions about discoveries & inventions on Columbus Day
“It’s a non-stop invention, this game of life, and as soon as you think you’ve got it, you lose it.” ~Tim Finn
More than 500 years ago, Christopher Columbus left Spain and headed west with 3 ships under his command; his intended destination was India. He seriously underestimated the size of the earth, and was hoping to reach India taking a western ocean route. On October 12, 1492, he ended on a new land – America. Still believing that he had landed in India, he called the native Americans on this new land ‘Indians’.
So what did your forefathers invented or discovered?
There is a long list of the inventions and discoveries that India has made. Not sure how true or accurate those lists are, we will let someone else worry about that. 🙂
However, looking at the discoveries or inventions that came from India, why is it that we always look for the small or little things? ..or it is just a skewed observation? 🙂
For example, here are some of the famous inventions/discoveries that India takes credit for:
Concept of zero: Out for all the number, we decided to invent something that has no value – zero. Come on now, we could have done something higher and larger, right? 🙂
Binary system: How about binary system, a combination of zeros and ones. Yes, we made progress, moved up by one number from zero, but still, we could have invented something bigger, no? The ‘ones’ and ‘zeros’ only?
Infinity: Then, there are some claims that ‘infinity’ in math came from India. Infinity is ‘something very large’, beyond a number can describe. Now we are talking! Something BIG finally came from India. That is something we should brag about. Now, what exactly is infinity? Well, infinity is any number divided by zero!!!
Stuck at zero again??
Water on moon: Data from India’s Chandrayaan-1 satellite confirmed the discovery of water on the moon. We went that far to look for water? We have enough of water in our own backyards; we are surrounded by water already! Why not look for gold and diamonds. As per our history, Britain stole most of the diamonds from India during their rule, how about some pay-back, huh?
Woohoo! Pajama party: Then Indians also take credit for pajamas! While rest of the world was wandering in the jungles with banana leaves around their waists, we had nice pajamas, right? Now that is worth something!
Negative numbers: Sounds intriguing. However, a negative number is something less than zero. Going backward again!!!
Circle: There are some claims that the ‘circle’ in geometry came from India. There are some countries and civilizations claiming the same. Going in circles now!
On a serious note, all kidding aside, these are some of the ‘small’ inventions and discoveries from India that have made a ‘BIG’ impact on the world.
May be you can name some more inventions, discoveries and the turn-arounds, the bigger ones! 🙂