A new book on Indian Scientists, The Saga of Inspired Minds was unveiled on Monday. It seeks to reveal important facets of the development of science and technology from the perspective of inspiration and tenacity of purpose demonstrated by 54 of the top scientific minds of the past.
The book, published by Vigyan Prasar, was formally released by Minister for Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan. Family members and associates of a few of the scientists featured in the book were also present in the function.
The initiative is unique as the book seeks to bring out moments of inspiration of scientists. While biographies of several scientists have been published over the years, few have solely focused on inspiring moments. The scientists featured in the book include Vikram Sarabhai, Homi Baba, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, Jagadish Chandra Bose, Satyendra Nath Bose, S. Chandrasekhar, Satish Dhawan, Salim Ali, Harish Chandra, A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, Hargobind Khurana, T.R.Seshadri, Vainu Bappu, Anna Mani, and Y.Subbarow.
While releasing the book, Dr Harsh Vardhan said he would request Ministry for Human Resource Development to include the book in school curriculum or ensure that it was made available to students all over the country.
“The lives of the scientists figuring in the book are glowing examples of triumph over adversity which will enthuse Indian youth who aspire to embark on the path painstakingly laid by them. Citizens from all walks of life too will be inspired by the leadership and vision of the scientists covered in this publication, for inclusive development,” the minister said.