Author: Richard L Thompson
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120819217
The mysteries of the Fifth Canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam have long puzzled students of Vedic cosmography and astronomy. Confronted with a description of the universe that seems much at variance with the information provided by our senses and standard astronomical calculations, foreign observers-and even Indian commentators-from the Middle Ages up to the present have concluded that the Bhagavatam's account, elaborated in other Puranas, must be mythological.
On the other hand, the same persons have been much impressed with Vedic astronomical treatises, the jyotisasastras, which provided remarkably accurate measurements of the solar system.
In Vedic Cosmography and Astronomy, Dr Richard Thompson shows that the Fifth Canto's cosmography and the accounts of the solar system found in the jyotisa-sastras are not contradictory, but that they in fact represent distinct yet mutually consistent ways of comprehending a universe with important features beyond the range of ordinary sense perception.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
RICHARD L THOMSON received his Ph. D. in Mathematics from Cornell University, where he specialized in probability theory and statistical mechanics. Dr. Thompson has done research in quantum theory and mathematical biology at the State University of new York at Binghamton and at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. An initiated disciple of His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Dr. Thompson (Sadaputa dasa) is a founding member of the Bhaktivedanta Institute, the scientific branch of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
The Astronomical Siddhantas
Vedic Physics: The Nature of Space, Time and Matter
The Vertical Dimension
The Empirical Case for the Vedic World System
Modern Astrophysics and the Vedic Perspective
Red Shifts and the Expanding Universe
Questions and Answers
Vamsidhara on Bhu-mandala and the Earth Globe
The Role of Greek Influence in Indian Astronomy
List of Tables
List of Illustrations