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BOOK OF THE MONTH
SPACE. LIFE. MATTER.
Hari Pulakkat
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How do you build a scientifically and technologically strong modern nation with limited...(+)
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SPACE. LIFE. MATTER.
Hari Pulakkat

Classification : Popular Science
Pub Date : Apr 25, 2021
Imprint : Hachette India
Page Extent : 384
Binding : HB
ISBN : 9789389253795
Price : 699

About the book
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 India became independent and confronted a world rapidly advancing in science and technology. Over the next five decades, they battled poor funding and archaic regulations to build India’s science infrastructure from scratch. The story of their struggles and triumphs in the face of tremendous odds is little known and infrequently discussed despite the country’s phenomenal achievements in astronomy and chemistry, pioneering research enabled by its space programme, and its stellar global role in drug development and leather manufacturing. This determined journey of the leaders of science, constructing islands of excellence in a sea of setbacks, has equally been marked by the establishment of world-class institutions such as the IITs, IISc, TIFR, ISRO and the Institute of Chemical Technology. This fascinating narrative brings to readers for the first time the path-breaking contributions made by India’s scientists to original research and what they mean to the country’s progress – 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 telescopes in Ooty to the development of structural biology at IISc and, most recently, the significant contribution of the country’s scientific institutions towards developing cutting-edge diagnostics solutions and treatments to combat a global pandemic. 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.

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Hari Pulakkat

Hari Pulakkat has been a journalist for 28 years, focusing mainly on science, technology and innovation. Between 2011 and 2019, he wa...(+)