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History, Science and Society in the Indian Context: A Collection of Papers

Arun Kumar Biswas (Editor)
Synopsis The Asiatic Society, Calcutta, has been conducting, every year, intensive short courses in the area of history of science. The present monograph, History, Science and Society in the Indian Context is a compilation of some of the lectures delivered by experts on various facets of the broad theme. 23 articles contributed by 20 authors have been classified in this book under six sections : general observations, science in the ancient world, S & T in pre-modern India, salient features in modern science, S & T in post-independence India and lastly, social factors in the promotion of S & T. An attempt has been made to resuscitate the subject of history of science and broaden it to include philosophy, sociology and planning of S & T in India. It has been emphasized that the studies on history of science should never ignore other aspects of civilization and cultural values, the principle of causality and integration of the history of the past with the planning for future. We hope that the scholars may appreciate this special pedagogic endeavour. Frontispiece shows Acharyya Jagadis Chandra Bose demonstrating his micro-wave experiments at the Royal Institution, London in 1897 and sixty years later, Calcutta University celebrating its centenary : a spray drier in operation and a zoology laboratory.
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About the author

Arun Kumar Biswas

Arun Kumar Biswas (b. 1934) educated at the Calcutta University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, has been Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (1963-1995) and, since 1995 at the Asiatic Society, Calcutta. An authority on applied chemistry, surface chemistry, mineral engineering, archaeo-metallurgy, history of science, and the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda literature, Professor Biswas continues to nurture concepts of archaeo-material science, futuristic emphasis on the history of civilization, and lastly syncretism of science, spirituality and the Vedantic concept of socialism (samya). His published work comprises about a hundred articles and over a dozen books that not only reflect the versatility of his academic / research concerns, but have also brought him international recognition.

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Title History, Science and Society in the Indian Context: A Collection of Papers
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8172361033
length xv+474p.
Subjects History