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 newly independent country confronted a world rapidly advancing in science and technology. In the years that followed, they battled poor funding and archaic regulations to build Indiaâ€™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 ISROâ€™s stunning space observatory built under severe constraints, from the construction of one of the worldâ€™s largest radio telescopes in Ooty to the development of structural biology at IISc and, most recently, the significant contributions of the countryâ€™s scientific institutions towards tackling a global pandemic â€“ Space. Life. Matter. brings to readers the path-breaking advances made by Indiaâ€™s scientists to original research and what they mean to the nationâ€™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.
Space. Life. Matter: The Coming Of Age Of Indian Science