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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Book Review - Nine Luminaries of Science: Interesting and Inspiring Facts about the Personal Lives of These Great Men and Woman by Joseph Mani

Nine Luminaries of Science by Joseph Mani
My Rating - 5 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Notion Press
Genre - Biographies
Publishing year - 2019
Language - English
ISBN - 978-1-64587-816-2
Pages - 190



My Review - 

Nine Luminaries of Science by Joseph Mani is based on the life of nine great scientists - Nicholaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, Jagdish Chandra Bose, Albert Einstein, C V Raman, Richard Feynman, and Stephen Hawking. The book has their education, scientific achievements, religious beliefs, and their personal details which a person didn't learn in textbooks. 

1. Nicholaus Copernicus (1473-1543) - He was born in Poland. His heliocentric view of the solar system was against the idea of the Aristotelian view described in the Bible. For this, he had faced a lot of hate. But his theories proved right long after his death. 

2. Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) - He was born in Italy. He also supports the heliocentric views of Copernicus which create troubles for him. Galileo identifies the moons of Jupiter, proved the phases of Venus, invented a thermoscope. He wrote two books when he was house arrested. He believes that science is different from religion and philosophy.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

3. Isaac Newton (1642-1727) - He is considered a key figure in the scientific revolution. He was born in England. Everyone knows about his theory of gravitation, but not many people know that he serves as a Member of Parliament too. He also made the list of 48 sins he committed, and always looking for the philosopher's stone. Newton was a devoted Christian.
Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion.

4. Marie Curie (1867-1934) - She is an inspiration to all. She was the first woman who wins the Nobel Prize twice. She was the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris. She born in Poland but spends most of her time in France. Her research on radioactive material will become the reason for her death. Her notes are still considered hazardous due to radiation exposure. 
I have no dress except the one I wear every day. If you are going to be kind enough to give me one, please let it be practical and dark so that I can put it on afterward to go to the laboratory.

5. Jagdish Chandra Bose (1858-1937) - He was born in India. He is also considered the father of Bengali science fiction, and actual inventor of Radio. But he never patents it, and credit goes to Marconi. He proves that plants and trees feel too. It opens up a new branch of science, known as biophysics. He invented Crescograph. 
We should not depend on others to do our work, we must do our work, but before we can do this we must get over our pride.

6. Albert Einstein (1879-1955) - He was born in Germany. He developed the theory of Relativity. He received the Nobel for the discovery of the photoelectric effect. He spends three decades in solitary, to develop a unified field theory. 
The word God is for me nothing but the expression and product of human weakness.

7. C V Raman (1888-1970) - He was the first non-white who win the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the Raman Effect. He was born in Tamilnadu, India. Raman cares little about the religious rituals. He believes in a godly human being like Mahatma Gandhi. For him, the love of the country means being loyal to the Earth who bore us, feeds us, and sustains us.
I strongly believe that fundamental science cannot be driven by instrumental, industrial, governmental, or military pressures. This was the reason why I decided, as far as possible, not to accept money from the government. 

8. Richard Feynman (1918-1988) - He was born in the USA. He won the Noble for quantum electrodynamics. He also developed a pictorial representation of the mathematical equations, known as Feynman Diagrams. He was considered one of the best teachers of quantum mechanics. 
The highest form of understanding we can achieve is laughter and human compassion.

9. Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) - He was born in England. At the age of 21, he was diagnosed with ALS and given two years to live. But he died at the age of seventy-six. He did all mathematical equations in his head. He develops cosmological theories and tells people that a space-time-mass singularity existed at the beginning of the universe.
There is probably no heaven and no afterlife either. We have only one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and, for that, I am extremely grateful.

Joseph Mani describes their marriages and personal traits fascinatingly. He talks about their early life and the influence of their parents, and family, which molds them. The author wrote eloquently. The narration could have been better. 

I enjoyed the C V Raman, Marie Curie, and Albert Einstein's sketches the most. I didn't know that Richard Feynman was a prankster, his pranks made me laugh. We were told that Einstein was a weak student, but that's not completely true. C V Raman's marriage life was considered a reform in Indian society. I think everybody should read this book to know more about behind the scenes. I love this book and would recommend it to every reader. 

Why should you read this book?
  • It's fast-paced.
  • You'll gain knowledge.
  • You'll get a new perspective. 
  • You'll find some interesting and untold facts.
  • You'll learn about the failures and struggles of these great nine people.

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