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Domesticating Modern Science

Dhruv Raina (Author) S. Irfan Habib (Author)
Synopsis The essays brought together in this volume examine the cultural reception of modern science in late colonial India. They look at how the first generation of modern Indian scientists responded to and creatively worked the theories and practices of modern science into their cultural idiom. The process of cultural legitimation of modern science is revealed through the debates that surrounded these theories. The essays in the first section deal with the encounter between the rationality of modern science and so-called traditional ways of knowing. How did the nineteenth-century Delhi intelligentasia respond to the new ideas disseminated through the Vernacular Translation Society, and what role did they play in the development of science textbooks and popular science writing? What was the nature of the interaction between traditional mathematics and a modern discipline like calculus? The second section shifts the focus of attention to Calcutta, which virtually functioned as India’s scientific capital, to examine the reception of theories of science such as biological evolution and Social Darwinism. The essays here also show how a new set of concerns – scientific and technical education, scientific and technological research systems – acquired importance by the end of the nineteenth century, and dovetailed with the thinking of the emerging nationalist movement. They indicate the manner in which the scientific community enlisted the political elite into its vision, and how this elite drew upon the nascent scientific community in the project of decolonization.
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About the authors

Dhruv Raina

Dhruv Raina teaches at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is the author of Images and contexts: The Historiography of Science and Modernity in India (2003). He has published research papers in journals on social studies of sciene, social and political history, history of science, scientometrics, social history and social epistemology, and contributed articles to several edited volumes.

S. Irfan Habib

S. Irfan Habib is a scientist at the National Institute of Sciene, Technology and Development Studies, New Delhi. He is the co-editor, with Dhruv Raina, of Situating the History of Science: Dialogues with Joseph Needham (1999). He has published research papers in journals on social and political history, history of science, social studies of science and socioloty, and contribtued articles to sesveral edited volumes.

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Bibliographic information

Title Domesticating Modern Science
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Tulika Books
Language: English
isbn 8185229880
length x+233p., Tables; Notes; References; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History