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Century of Ideas Perspectives from Leading Scientists of the 20th Century

ISBN-10: 1402043597

ISBN-13: 9781402043598

Edition: 2008

Authors: B. G. Sidharth

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The B.M. Birla Science Centre, part of the Birla Group (a multinational conglomerate which is over 100 years old), has blossomed into Indias foremost institution for the dissemination of science. Shortly after its inauguration in 1985 the Centre started a series of lectures by Nobel Laureates and other scientists of international renown, usually in Physics and Astronomy, sometimes in Life Sciences and Chemistry. The present collection mostly consists of lectures on frontier topics in Physics and Astronomy. The transcript of each lecture is preceded by a short introduction to, and biography of, the Nobel Laureate/Scientist in question. The lectures are aimed at, and accessible to, a wide non-specialist but higher educated audience.
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List price: $169.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 207
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

B.G. Sidharth got his B.Sc. (Mathematics Honors), M.Sc. and PhD from Calcutta University. After working for several years in Quantum Scattering, Dr. Sidharth�s work entered on the fundamental problems facing Physics today. His 1997 papers, contrary to the ruling paradigm, predicted a dark energy driven accelerating Universe with a small cosmological constant. Remarkably, this was confirmed in 1998. His work deals with fuzzy spacetime and the unification of interactions and similar problems within this context. Besides a large number of research publications in international journals, Dr. Sidharth also authored and edited a number of books. In addition he has lectured widely in the United States, Canada, Europe and other places.B.G. Sidharth is the founder-director of the B.M. Birla Science Centre, Hyderabad, India, and its constituent, the International Institute for Applicable Mathematics and Information Sciences, Hyderabad, and Udine, Italy. He was associated with the International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy, for many years having been a Senior Associate. Dr. Sidharth is on the Editorial / Advisory boards of international journals, institutes and award committees. Last but not least he played host to many Nobel Laureates and other physicists of World importance.

Introduction
Fifty Years of Cosmology
AstroParticle Physics
Science as an Adventure
The Early Universe
The Long-Term Future of Particle Accelerators
Energy and Evolution
The Wonders of Pulsars
Is the Future Given? Changes in our Description of Nature
Bubbles, Foams and other Fragile Objects
Beyond the Standard Model: Will it be the Theory of Everything?
Living Joyfully with Complexity in Chemistry and Culture
A Confrontation with Infnity
The Creative and Unpredictable Interaction of Science and Technology
The Link Between Neutrino Masses and Proton Decay in Supersymmetric Unification
The Nature of Discovery in Physics
Symmetry in the Micro World - A Conversation with Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner