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Space. Life. Matter.

 | Book Awards 2022 | English Non-fiction

Space. Life. Matter.

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 radio telescopes in Ooty to the development of structural biology at IISc and, most recently, the significant contributions of the country’s scientific institutions towards tackling a global pandemic – Space. Life. Matter. brings to readers the path-breaking advances made by India’s scientists to original research and what they mean to the nation’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.

Full Title: Space. Life. Matter.: The Coming of Age of Indian Science

Author: Hari Pulakkat
Publisher: Hachette India

Award Category: English Non-fiction
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 the country became independent and confronted a world rapidly advancing in science and technology. In the years that followed, they battled poor funding and archaic regulations to build India'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 ISRO's stunning space observatory built under severe constraints, from the construction of one of the world's largest radio telescopes in Ooty to the development of structural biology at IISc and, most recently, the significant contributions of the country's scientific institutions towards tackling a global pandemic – Space. Life. Matter. – brings to readers the path-breaking advances made by India's scientists to original research and what they mean to the nation'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.


About the Author: 

Hari Pulakkat is a science journalist based in Bengaluru and the winner of the Indira Gandhi Prize for Popularization of Science, 2020. He has spent three decades of his career writing for the Economic Times and Businessworld. He is the editor of a science and technology magazine published by IIT Madras.


Excerpt: 

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 country became independent and confronted a world rapidly advancing in science and technology. In the years that followed, they battled poor funding and archaic regulations to build India'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 ISRO's stunning space observatory built under severe constraints, from the construction of one of the world's largest radio telescopes in Ooty to the development of structural biology at IISc and, most recently, the significant contributions of the country's scientific institutions towards tackling a global pandemic – Space. Life. Matter. – brings to readers the path-breaking advances made by India's scientists to original research and what they mean to the nation'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.


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