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Is it possible to narrow down possible dates for the following eclipse pattern?

I am searching for an year which satisfies the following criteria. Dates are in Gregorian calendar. Criteria Year range 3800 BC to 500 BC Solar Eclipse of any kind between October 14 and October 22 ...
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Does Arnold say that Hardy is responsible for Ramanujan's untimely death?

Mathematician Vladimir Arnold in his book Yesterday and Long Ago, Springer (2007) writes: When I resided at Cambridge as a senior fellow of Trinity College, Indian colleagues told me some details ...
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Why were extremely accurate sundials necessary in India?

I'm thinking specifically of the Jantar Mantar sundial in Jaipur, India, the Samrat Yantra. It is apparently accurate to within 2 seconds, and was built around 1740. What would such an accurate ...
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What is the reason behind the decline of Indian Physics?

As in what were the main factors, personalities, policies, etc involved in its decline during the $16^{th}$ century to the present day?
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Was metallurgy of Zinc first started in India?

I have heard many people talk about this, is there any proof available?
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Why did India miss the Great Revolution in Maths and Science?

UPDATE: I've updated the title of the question from Why did India lag behind in discovering Maths and Science? to ...
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What were the cultural attitudes of Indian proto-scientists to findings versus recognition; and knowledge as private property; between 1526 and 1949?

Elsewhere it has been suggested that, between 1526 and 1949, that Indian proto-scientists "were more interested in sharing knowledge with the rest of the world," than in knowledge as private property, ...
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