"Hindu thought was inclusive; the healer Charaka, the astronomer Aryabhatta and the mathematician Brahmagupta were as much part of the Vedic ethos as Agastya. The great Bhaskara—whose work on the calculus predates Newton—was taught math by an astrologer. His thesis, the Siddhānta Shiromani, is not just about arithmetic and algebra, but also covers planets and spheres—the fundamentals of astrology. From antiquity, cosmic mysteries were part of Hindu science: architecture has a spiritual aspect, like the Thachu Sastram of Kerala; so does Ayurveda, that celebrates the animistic aspects of botany and the arcana of planetary influences. Divinity wasn’t segmented: science, mythology, mysticism and mathematics together made up God."