Weighing devices in ancient India
The article attempts to document the history of weighing devices in ancient India. on the basis of evidence provided by archaeological artefacts. literature. numismatics, sculptures, and painting. The study reveals early utilization of the principle of lever in the form of equal arm balance and one pan balance i.e. steel yard balance. The study further reveals that equal arm balances were in use in most of the ancient civilizations probably independent of each other However, India appears to have a priority in innovating single pan balance.
Indian Journal of History of Science, Vol. 24, no. 4, (1989) 329–336.