Speaking at an international conference on the Vedas and ancient scriptures, Padma Vibhushan awardee and former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair, 71, propounded the theory that some ‘shlokas’ in the Vedas mentioned gravitational force long before Isaac Newton did, and also mentioned the presence of water on the moon.
Mr Nair said the Vedas also had information on metallurgy, algebra, astronomy, maths, architecture and astrology, way before the Western world knew of them. He added that the information in the Vedas was written in Sanskrit and ‘condensed’ which made it difficult for modern science to accept it.
Mr Nair who was ISRO chairman from 2003 to 2009, also claimed geometry was used for calculations for building cities during the Harappan civilisation and that the Pythagorean theorem also existed since the Vedic period.
While serving in ISRO, Mr Nair made significant contributions to the development of multi-stage satellite launch vehicles.