SPACE. LIFE. MATTER. - The Coming of Age of Indian Science
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How do you build a scientifically and technologically strong modern nation with limited means and resources? Indian scientists faced this challenge seven decades ago when the country became independent and confronted a world rapidly advancing in science and technology. In the years that followed, they battled poor funding and archaic regulations to build India's science infrastructure from scratch. This fascinating narrative captures the story of the struggles and triumphs of these leaders of science and the world- class institutions they founded. From the cosmic-ray experiments at the Kolar Gold Fields to ISRO's stunning space observatory built under severe constraints, from the construction of one of the world's largest radio telescopes in Ooty to the development of structural biology at IISc and, most recently, the significant contributions of the country's scientific institutions towards tackling a global pandemic - Space. Life. Matter. brings to readers the path-breaking advances made by India's scientists to original research and what they mean to the nation's progress. Deeply informed, enlightening and inspiring, this singular, comprehensive account of the pride of place that Indian science occupies in the world is essential reading for all.
Pivoting on a few important national projects and outstanding scientists, this book weaves a stunning tapestry of post-independent India's story of research in science and engineering. The audacity of vision of the pantheon of Indian scientists should inspire every Indian interested in science. A riveting narrative of the trying circumstances in which people worked and built Indian science after independence. The profiles of scientists are mixed with crystal-clear description of the science they did. An outstanding narrative of India's scientific leaders who have provided the creative and intellectual capital to raise a solid foundation for others to build on. Hari Pulakkat's book celebrates and inspires India's aspirations to lead in science and technology. A fascinating read about several of India's leading scientists. Having had the good fortune of knowing several of them, I enjoyed Hari's vivid account of their remarkable struggles and triumphs. My late colleague Prof. Bracewell often referred to Govind Swarup as Stanford's biggest gift to India. I now understand why. A fascinating account of how the foundations of Indian science were built against all odds by scientists who fought scarcity of resources with their high aspirations and innovative ideas. An inspiring, page-turning, must-read book for one and all. An evocative account of the story of Indian science and the people who built it.... Required reading for those who want to understand the way India developed as a knowledge society and the struggle scientists go through even now to compete with the best in the world! Hari Pulakkat has focused on the early pioneers that established the scientific and technological foundations of today's India. These scientific patriots returned to their motherland from studies abroad, struggled in trying physical conditions, constrained by bureaucratic rules unaccustomed to new scientific ideas to build the institutions that have placed India on the map in many fields. These often-untold stories of scientists and technocrats will inspire young and old alike.