By Robert S. Anderson
In 1974 India joined the elite roster of nuclear international powers while it exploded its first nuclear bomb. however the technological growth that facilitated that feat used to be set in movement many many years sooner than, as India sought either independence from the British and recognize from the bigger global. Over the process the 20th century, India metamorphosed from a marginal position to a major hub of technological and clinical innovation. it truly is this story of transformation that Robert S. Anderson recounts in Nucleus and Nation.
Tracing the lengthy institutional and person arrangements for India’s first nuclear try out and its outcomes, Anderson starts off with the careers of India’s well known scientists—Meghnad Saha, Shanti Bhatnagar, Homi Bhabha, and their consumer Jawaharlal Nehru—in the 1st half the 20 th century earlier than targeting the evolution of the massive and complicated medical community—especially Vikram Sarabhi—in the later a part of the period. by means of contextualizing Indian debates over nuclear strength in the greater dialog approximately modernization and industrialization, Anderson hones in at the thorny factor of the combination of technology into the framework and self-reliant beliefs of Indian nationalism. during this approach, Nucleus and Nation is greater than a historical past of nuclear technology and engineering and the Indian Atomic power fee; it's a targeted point of view at the heritage of Indian nationhood and the politics of its clinical community.
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