Here is the list of some brilliant inventions for which we should thank India.
We all know that India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world with a super-rich culture in history. But some stuff which you use every single day or the other is invented in this country. From the buttons on the shirt to the shampoo in your shower the list is endless, read this article till the end to find out what are the brilliant inventions we can thank India for:
People in ancient times had always thought that there should be something to represent ‘nothing’. Well, their worries were put to rest in the 5th century A.D., when an Indian mathematician and an astronomy genius, Aryabhata invented the ‘zero’ as a sign to represent nothing. It made addition, subtraction, and a slew of other mathematical operations a lot easier. The existence of the oldest zero is carved on the wall in Gwalior, India.
Some people see the invention of ZERO as a waste. But, giving a pause to their thoughts, without zero there would be no binary system which means NO COMPUTERS.
The Indus valley civilization was using rulers before 1500 BCE which were made from ivory. These rulers were found during excavations which are in present-day Pakistan and northwestern India. They are widely used in architecture with amazing accuracy. They had units corresponding to 1.32 inches and were marked with extremely precise subdivisions. They were marked out in decimal subdivisions.
A game that is specifically considered for intellectuals was invented in India. Its ancestors were called Chaturanga, a strategic board game popular during the Gupta Empire around the 6th century AD. Chess has various pieces with different values and capabilities. It also has an important king figure and winning the game depends on the fate of the king.
In the 6th century BC, an Indian physician named Sushruta wrote a huge medicine book and invented surgery. It was one of the world’s earliest works of this kind. Sushruta is also known as the father of surgery. He described the use of hundreds of medicinal plants and instructions for performing surgical procedures including nose reconstruction and skin transplantation from one to another. The original method of rhinoplasty that involved taking a piece of skin from the forehead to reconstruct the nose, is still in use. Unlike today, nose jobs were done in those times to help people who had been deprived of their noses as punishment of theft or adultery.
When you think of the pioneer of radio communication, Guglielmo Marconi probably pops into your head. That is because he received a Nobel prize in physics in 1909 for his innovative works. But Dr Subhash Chandra Bose presented his discovery of the radio communication wave to the world in 1895. He sent a radio magnetic wave across 75 feet at the town hall in Calcutta. The wave passed through walls, rang a bell, and ignited some gunpowder. Marconi used Bose’s invention, the mercury coherer as a pattern to build his operational 2-way radio. As Bose never patented his findings, he was credited for his discovery only a century later.
This invention is so simple yet revolutionary. The first button was found during excavations in Mohenjo-Daro, one of the largest settlements in the Indus-valley civilization. Over 5000 years ago, buttons were made up of seashells and used as an ornament and not for fastening clothes but they had 2 holes in the middle right from the start.
The word ‘shampoo’ comes from the Hindi word ‘Champo’, which means to massage or knead. The substance was invented by India in 1762 and was only used for head massages. The first shampoo was made of natural oils and herbs. The British colonizers fell in love with the idea and brought it back with them to England. It took years for the original head massage oil to evolve into shampoo as we know it today. So, the credit goes to Indians for the beauty and cleanliness of your hair..