Looking back on the glorious tradition of iron making in India, Marvels of Indian Iron Through the Ages provides concrete evidence of the expertise of India’s metallurgical knowledge in ancient and medieval times. It describes some of the most marvelous iron creations in India’s history: the Iron Pillar of Delhi, the technology behind forge-welded cannons, and the famous wootz-steel of the subcontinent. Simply written and illustrated with line drawings and photographs, the book incorporates the latest research into the history of iron, and is certain to fascinate both serious scholars and general readers by providing them with a rare glimpse into India’s rich metallurgical heritage.
Science and technology have always been an important part of India’s story, as the substratum of its civilization’s rationality and secular progress, the basic for pre-colonial Indian Ocean global trade, the foundation for building India’s future knowledge society, and a key element in projecting Brand India. This volume is part of a multi-volume series on the subject.
About the Author
Professor Balasubramanian has vast experience in corrosion-based research and Indian archaeo-metallurgy. After graduating as a gold medalist in metallurgical engineering from Banaras Hindu University in 1984, he did his PhD in materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA, in 1990. Since then, he has been teaching and conducting research at IIT, Kanpur, in the department of materials and metallurgical engineering. He is a widely published author, on the editorial board of several international journals, and is also the recipient of several prestigious awards. His research work on the Iron Pillar in New Delhi has received national and international acclaim. He is also the author of several books, such as Delhi Iron Pillar: New Insights; The World Heritage Complex of the Qutub, The Story of the Delhi Iron Pillar and The Saga of India Cannons.