28 October, 2020

What Was That Bang?

Lucid answers to the eternal questions on what lies beyond

What Was That Bang?

THE eminent British-Indian scientist and populariser of science, J.B.S. Haldane once cautioned us that "the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, it is queerer than we can suppose". Every culture known to us has its cosmology, a term derived from combining two Greek words, kosmos , meaning "order", "harmony" and "the world", and logos , signifying "word" or "discourse". Our view of the universe has undergone tremendous changes since the first hunter-gatherers wondered about the heavens and drew pictures in caves to the discovery of black holes and the concept of space time warps. And the interesting thing is that our knowledge is still nowhere near complete. Everyday, new observations confirm or refute hypotheses and models which our diligent scientists make of the universe. J. V. Narlikar’s book takes us on a fascinating journey of the cosmos as we know it today.

Jayant Vishnu Narlikar does not need an introduction. He is, with the possible exception of A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the best known living Indian scientist. He is well...



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