About the Book
The world knows S. Chandrasekhar as a Nobel laureate and an outstanding astrophysicist. But he was, at the same time, a caring uncle, a devoted husband and a compassionate brother, who made it a point to reach out to everyone around him despite his legendary status. This compilation brings out the various facets of the man and the scientist. It includes some of his more general essays and lectures in which he lucidly presents his thoughts on the pursuit of science, creativity, his work, and his abiding love for his motherland. There are also reminiscences by family members who interacted with him and grew to adore the man who, they remember, had as beautiful a heart as his handwriting.This collection strives to bring to the fore the person that was Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar and the life he led: from his engagement with science to the little anecdotes that illuminated the lives of those around him.
About the Author
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar(191095) discovered the Chandrasekhar limit at the age of nineteen, paving the way for the discovery of neutron stars and black holes. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1968 and the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1983.Radhika Ramnath is a software professional based in Delhi whose career has spanned working with both government and multinational research organizations. She is the daughter of Chandrasekhars youngest brother, and so had the opportunity to know him closely as well as to hear him lecture on numerous occasions.