What is Science?


Author : Sundar Sarukkai

9788123763668 | PB | pp.229 | 2018 | NBT India

In “What is Science ?” Sundar Sarukkai provides a magisterial overview of science as a human activity today, covering definitions of science, the social organization of science, philosophy of science, and ethical issues arising in and from scientific activity.

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In chapters on Science and Logic, Science and Reality and Science and Knowledge he outlines the history of concepts such as Time and Space within different philosophical traditions and their connections to scientific periods. He ends with an impassioned plea for deep engagement in new dialogue and negotiation by the scientific community with other segments of society. Through this process he argues scientists will both enrich their creativity, develop new forms of science, but also become far more responsible citizens of the world. The book is written for a general, non academic public and is accessible both to working scientists and artists.

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About the Author

Sundar Sarukkai, trained in physics and philosophy, has a PhD from Purdue University, USA. His research interests are in the areas of philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics, postmodernism, phenomenology and philosophy of art, drawing upon both Western and Indian traditions.

He has been a Homi Bhabha Fellow (1997-1999), Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (1999-2001), Associate Fellow of the Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture (2003-2004), and Fellow at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India (2000-2006). He publishedTranslating the World: Science and Language (2002),Philosophy of Symmetry (2004) and Indian Philosophy and Philosophy of Science (2005). He is Director of the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities at the Manipal University.


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