Homi J Bhaba

It is rightly said, those who have a fascination towards all things abstract - art, music, fiction - that which involves a great deal of imagination, can excel in science, especially Quantum Physics. It needs a great deal of visualisation to understand and take an interest in the mechanics of atomic and subatomic particles that cannot be seen in naked eye. And that world of Physics which Bhaba was exposed to is so fascinating to read. Reading about research and revelations around electrons, positrons, cosmic rays, brings back the engineering days. I could relate so much, every discovery that gave shape to the new physics and differentiated it from the classical physics. How the calculation of speed and position of electrons would always be inappropriate, how the theory of relativity plays a part in many new questions, equations and discoveries. It was an interesting chapter for sure. Quantum Physics. 

The journey of a young man from being sleepless as a baby, too excitable as a child, to being inspired by the great physicists of the era, the book is an amazing monograph. It draws a picture of what made Bhaba the pioneer of research in nuclear physics in our country. The story of a visionary. The letter to his father convincing him to let him take up Physics as a lifelong passion reflects such grit and commitment to his ambition. 

Reading about renowned scientists as they were connected through the Indian scientific community, and foreign scientific community, I enjoyed this book thoroughly. The making of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, the balloon experiments for measuring cosmic rays at high altitudes, the journey of Atomic Energy Research in India, formation of the renowned research institute in Bombay that is today known as BARC, representing India in international conferences. There's so much to applaud and feel proud about here. So much inspiration to continue on those paths as well. Much recommended to students pursuing science. 

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  1. Thanks for introducing me to this book. Am going to order this for sure! Really want to know more about Homi Baba


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