By Kameshwar C. Wali
Chandra is an intimate portrait of a hugely inner most and significant guy, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, a Nobel laureate in physics who has been a huge contributor to the theories of white dwarfs and black holes. "Wali has given us a powerful portrait of Chandra, vigorous and colour, with a deep knowing of the 3 cultures—Indian, British, and American—in which Chandra used to be successively immersed. . . . I want I had the task of reviewing this publication for the ny occasions instead of for Physics this day . If the e-book is just learn by way of physicists, then Wali's dedicated labors have been in vain."—Freeman Dyson, Physics at the present time "An mesmerizing human document."—William McCrea, occasions larger schooling complement "A dramatic, exuberant biography of 1 of the century's nice scientists."— Publishers Weekly >
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When someone realizes that for the achievement of an end certain means would be useful, the means itself becomes thereby an end. Intelligence makes clear to us the interrelation of means and ends. But mere thinking cannot give us a sense of the ultimate and fundamental ends. To make clear these fundamental ends and valuations, and to set them fast in the emotional life of the individual, seems to me precisely the most important function which religion has to perform in the social life of man. And if one asks whence derives the authority of such fundamental ends, since they cannot be stated and justified merely by reason, one can only answer: they exist in a healthy society as powerful traditions, which act upon the conduct and aspirations and judgments of the individuals; they aTe there, that is, as something living, without its being necessary to find justification for their existence.
It is cosmic religious feeling that gives a man such strength. A contemporary has said, not unjustly, that in this materialistic age of ours the serious scientific workers are the only profoundly religious people. THE RELIGIOUS SPIRIT OF SCIENCE Mein WeltbiId, Amsterdam: Querido Verlag, 1934. cientific minds without a religious feeling of his own. But it i. different from the religiosity of the naive man. peak, in a personal relation, however deeply it may be tinged with awe. But the scientist is possessed by the sense of universal causation.
Through omission of a part of its content. I want to indicate now why this conception appears to me to be so fateful. As soon as one is at home in Burne's critique one is easily led to believe that all those concepts and propositions which cannot be deduced from the sensory raw material are, ou account of their "metaphysical" character, to be removed from thinking. For all thought acquires material content only through its relationship with that sensory material. This latter proposition I take to be eutirely true; but I hold the prescription for thinking which is grounded on this proposition to be false.