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Subramanyan Chandrasekhar, identified easily as Chandra during the medical international, has develop into a mythical determine for his prolific contributions to physics, astrophysics and utilized arithmetic. Chandra died in August, 1995. He had forbidden a memorial of the traditional kind, celebrating his lifestyles. This e-book, which includes a few 30 articles by way of his former scholars, his affiliates and his colleagues, is in a feeling a memorial quantity. It says little approximately his clinical achievements, yet indicates the human facet of Chandra and some of the points of his character, his reminiscence, his wit and the breadth of his wisdom of artwork, tune, literature, and the arts quite often

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