This book offers an engaging and comprehensive introduction to scientific theories and the evolution of science and mathematics through the centuries. It discusses the history of scientific thought and ideas and the intricate dynamic between new scientific discoveries, scientists, culture and societies.
Through stories and historical accounts, the volume illustrates the human engagement and preoccupation with science and the interpretation of natural phenomena. It highlights key scientific breakthroughs from the ancient to later ages, giving us accounts of the work of ancient Greek and Indian mathematicians and astronomers, as well as of the work of modern scientists like Descartes, Newton, Planck, Mendel and many more. The author also discusses the vast advancements which have been made in the exploration of space, matter and genetics and their relevance in the advancement of the scientific tradition. He provides great insights into the process of scientific experimentation and the relationship between science and mathematics. He also shares amusing anecdotes of scientists and their interactions with the world around them.
Detailed and accessible, this book will be of great interest to students and researchers of science, mathematics, the philosophy of science, science and technology studies and history. It will also be useful for general readers who are interested in the history of scientific discoveries and ideas.
Table of Contents
Prologue: The Beginning of the Story of Mathematics and Science 1. Glimpses of Greece 2. The Eastern Inputs 3. Some Ancient Seats of Learning 4. Feedback from History 5. Geometry and Algebra Combined 6. The Sun Rises 7. Science after Newton 8. The Timeline of Science in the 19th Century 9. On the Cosmic Front 10. A Variety of New Mathematics –I 11. A Variety of New Mathematics- II 12. The Magical Decade at Gottingen 13. First Shock: Relativity 14. Second Shock: Quantum Theory 15. The Conquest of Space 16. Women Contributors to Mathematics and Science Epilogue: The Continuing Story of Mathematics and Science Appendix: In Lighter Vein
Jayant V. Narlikar spent most of his learning life at Cambridge, England, including a Ph.D. followed by Sc.D. He was a Fellow of King’s College. Besides a highly productive career as a professional astrophysicist, he has acquired the reputation of someone who has popularized science and as an author of science fiction for which he was awarded the prestigious Kalinga award by UNESCO.