Dr. B. Bansal

Dr. B. Bansal
The birth and Evoultion of Science
The Birth and Evolution of Science courageously takes a direct aim at the conventional view of the history of science: the presumption of Ancient Greece as birth place of science, undermining the critical role played by Indian and Chinese civilizations, confining the role of Muslim civilization to merely keeping science alive for a convenient hand off to Europe when it woke up from its millennium-long slumber.

It proposes a fixed yet flexible inner nature of the species and a stable yet dynamic inner nature of social orders. Using these foundations, it employs the institutional model to expertly narrate the intertwined story of civilizations and science through the standalone, peaceful and the violent interaction eras over last 8500 years. It challenges not only the conventional history of science but also challenges the comparative history of civilizations since the work considers science as the highest form of Homo sapiens creativity. The book answers the following key questions concerning science:

How practical, religious and intellectual creativity influenced its birth and evolution?
How standalone, peaceful and violent interaction eras impacted its birth and evolution?
How conflict among Civilizations and nomads impacted its birth and evolution?
Which civilizations and nomadic formations have been critical to its birth and evolution?

Using an analytical, quantitative and testable approach, the book answers these questions and more (such as how Aurangzeb impacted American and Industrial Revolutions, who invented calculus and whether art is a pre-requisite to science). It thus uses scientific method itself to study the forces that have determined history of science. It highlights why and when science was supported, why it was suppressed, why it was adopted and why it was promoted in history. The author does not simply examine the intellectual history of civilizations as most books on the subject do; he outlines the reciprocal impact of the productive, creative, constructive and destructive outcomes of key civilizations and nomads in rationalizing the evolution of science through seven distinct, historically observable phases.
Wilmington DE
Author received his undergraduate degree from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and subsequently earned Ph. D. from Clarkson University and an MBA from Syracuse University. Always interested in history, author developed a passion for understanding the evolution of science in different civilizations. His researches led him to the belief that history of science as taught today needs significant revision as it understandably reflects the perspective of a single civilization, a civilization nonetheless responsible for the final maturation of science over last several centuries. The book, which took seven years to complete, is a reflection of his passion for the subject.

Until the lions have their own historians,
the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.