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About The Book
The volumes of the PROJECT ON THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY AND CULTURE IN INDIAN CIVILIZATION aim at discovering the main aspects of India's heritage and present them in an interrelated way. These volumes, in spite of their unitary look, recognize the difference between the areas of material civilization and those of ideational culture. The Project is not being executed by a single group of thinkers and writers who are methodologically uniform or ideologically identical in their commitments. In fact, contributions are made by different scholars with different ideological persuasions and methodological approaches. The Project is marked by what may be called 'methodological pluralism'. In spite of its primary historical character, this Project, both in its conceptualization and execution, has been shaped by many scholars drawn from different disciplines. It is for the first time that an endeavour of such a unique and comprehensive character has been undertaken to study critically a major world civilization like India. The notion that all matter is a composite of elementary atoms was familiar both to ancient Indians and ancient Greeks. But atomic theory was forgotten for a long time. Today everyone knows that atoms are not invisible. Modern Atomism is the physical theory that tries to answer the questions. What are the fundamental entities which constitute the Universe? What are the forces or interactions between these fundamental entities? What are Time and Space? While theory is remarkably successful in accounting for vast array of experimental facts, it is still starkly incomplete. All the articles in this volume describe how our current understanding came about. First and foremost are, the accumulation of experimental data and meaningful ordering of the data. These are obtained by controlled laboratory experiments and astronomical observations. This volume describes and summarizes results of these efforts.
The volume will be useful to all those who want to know about our universe. It will be useful for science students and teachers alike especially in South Asia. Science is of course universal, but by inclusion of significant achievements of scientists of south Asia in this volume, it is hoped that more young people here, will be interested to actively take part in research and join the grand enterprise of mankind to explore the wonderful mysteries of nature.
About The Author
D.P. CHATTOPADHYAYA, M.A., LL.B., Ph.D. (University of Calcutta and London School of Economics), D. Litt. (Honoris Causa), studied and researched law, philosophy and history and taught at various universities in India, Asia, Europe and USA from 1954 to 1994. Founder-Chairman of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (1981-1990) and President-cum-Chairman of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (1984-1991). Chattopadhyaya is currently the Project Director of the multidisciplinary one hundred and eight volume Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture (PHISPC) and Chairman of the Centre for Studies in Civilizations (CSC). Among his 37 publications, authored 19 and edited and co-edited 18. These are Individuals and Societies (1967); Individuals and Worlds (1976); Sri Aurobindo and Karl Marx (1988); Anthropology and Historiography of Science (1990); Induction, Probability and Skepticism (1991); Sociology, Ideology and Utopia (1997); Societies, Cultures and Ideologies (2000); Interdisciplinary Studies in Science, Society, Value and Civilizational Dialogue (2002); Philosophy of Science, Phenomenology and Other Essays (2003); Philosophical Consciousness and Scientific Knowledge: Conceptual Linkages and Civilizational Background (2004); Self, Society and Science: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives (2004); Religion, Philosophy and Science (2006); Aesthetic Theories and Forms in Indian Tradition (2008); and Love, Life and Death (2010). He has also held high public offices, namely, of Union cabinet minister and state governor. He is a Life Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a Member of the International Institute of Philosophy, Paris. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1998, and Padma Vibhushan in 2009 by the Government of India.
J. PASUPATHY Obtained his B.Sc. - Honours degree in Physics from Madras University and Ph.D in Physics from University of Rochester, N.Y. He worked at Rochester university, Rockefeller University, and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, before moving to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He has served in many capacities - professor, chairman centre of theoretical studies and Dean of the science faculty. He retired as Honorary Professor in 2007. He was a visiting Scientist at CERN, European centre for nuclear research, Cornell University, Institute for Nuclear Studies, Washington University Seattle, Triumf, Vancouver, Canada and visiting Professor in several Universities including Virginia Polytechnic and State University, University of Texas at Austin, McMaster University and University of Maryland.
He has more than eighty research papers and several articles of general interest like Quantum Field Theory, Nuclear Treaties and Nuclear Policy, The Quantum: its Discovery and the Continuing Quest etc. Currently he is a fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences.