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Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose His Life and Speeches   By: (1858-1937)

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Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose: An Inspiring Tale of a Scientific Pioneer

Jagadis Chunder Bose's biography, "Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose: His Life and Speeches," provides readers with a captivating insight into the life of a remarkable scientific genius. Bose, one of India's most celebrated scientists, made groundbreaking contributions to the fields of physics, biology, and botany during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The book masterfully showcases Bose's extraordinary journey, beginning with his early childhood in British colonial India. From an early age, Bose displayed a keen interest in the natural world, defying societal norms by venturing into scientific exploration, which was then largely reserved for Europeans. Despite facing numerous challenges, his unyielding determination and thirst for knowledge propelled him to study abroad and pursue his passion for science.

Author Jagadis Chandra Bose, who happens to share the same name, provides us with a rich and detailed account of Bose's experiments and their profound impact on the scientific community. The author masterfully weaves together Bose's personal experiences, his stumbles and triumphs, and the societal obstacles he faced, offering readers a comprehensive understanding of the man behind the scientific achievements.

One of the book's most compelling aspects is its exploration of Bose's pioneering work on plant physiology. Bose's revolutionary experiments unveiled the inherent ability of plants to exhibit responses to various stimuli, proving that they possessed life just like any other living organism. His discovery had far-reaching implications, challenging long-held assumptions about the divide between the plant and animal kingdoms.

Moreover, the book delves into Bose's profound contributions to the field of telecommunications, specifically his groundbreaking work on the invention of the Crescograph. This device allowed Bose to accurately measure and record plant responses to stimuli, further solidifying his place in scientific history.

Apart from his scientific endeavors, Bose was also a passionate advocate for Indian independence and played an active role in the nationalist movement. The book presents a comprehensive collection of Bose's speeches, highlighting his eloquence and unwavering dedication to social and political progress. It offers a glimpse into his fervent belief in the power of education and the imperative need for self-reliance to realize India's true potential.

While the book successfully captures Bose's numerous achievements, it occasionally falls prey to an overly academic tone, which may deter readers who do not have a scientific background. However, this minor flaw is overshadowed by the author's meticulous research and ability to narrate a compelling story that interweaves science, history, and the pursuit of national identity.

In conclusion, "Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose: His Life and Speeches" serves as an enlightening tribute to a remarkable scientific pioneer and nationalist hero. Jagadis Chandra Bose skillfully captures the essence of Bose's struggles and triumphs, allowing readers to appreciate not only his scientific genius but also his unwavering commitment to his country. This book is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in the life of an extraordinary individual who left an indelible mark on science, society, and his nation.

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Transcriber's Notes:

Typos and spelling variants (including hyphenated words) have been checked against the Oxford English Dictionary (online edition, July 2007) and corrected as needed. Archaic spellings have been retained. In rare cases, where a word replacement or correction was either uncertain or impossible, the word was identified with [ sic. ]

Bold and small cap text has been rendered as all caps in the text version.

Reference on 168 to the "The Presidency College Magazine" must be to the second issue, as the 25th issue was in 1939 and the events mentioned on p. 168 happened in 1915.

By lines after various sections sometimes show as "Patrika," and at other times as "A. B. Patrika." A. B. Patrika is not a person, but is rather "Amrita Bazar Patrika," an English language daily newspaper in India. To reduce confusion I have standardized the by lines to "Amrita Bazar Patrika."



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Page His Life and Career 1 Literature and Science 79 Marvels of Plant Life 102 Plant Autographs How Plants can record their own story 106 Invisible Light 113 Lecture on Electric Radiation 117 Plant Response 122 Evidence before the Public Services Commission 126 Prof... Continue reading book >>

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