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His Science Had Soul

A timely book that tries often successfully—to bring the personality of Vikram Sarabhai to life, most of all in quoting his dancer wife Mrinalini's words

His Science Had Soul
His Science Had Soul
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Not many people remember Vikram Sarabhai today. Those who do, and worked with him and eventually grew to take policy decisions contrary to what he believed in, have said nothing to malign this remarkable man, born with a silver spoon in his mouth. As a distinguished scientist said of him once, "Sarabhai died when only 52, removing one of the obstacles to India’s ill-calculated and premature nuclear explosion of 1974." If Indians venerate scientists, they probably have in mind the kind of person Sarabhai and Homi Bhabha were. They were human beings with a wiser talent; their vision for science part of an aesthetic, cosmic whole. Like Bhabha, Sarabhai was born to wealth, gave lavish parties as an undergraduate and combined an eclectic vision of science with a love for dance, theatre, music and art.

Amrita Shah has tried—often successfully—to bring the personality of this man to life, most of all in quoting his dancer wife Mrinalini’s words. "We had so many things in common, our love for beauty, for honesty, for tradition. Vikram as a...

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