Satyendra Nath Bose: His Life and Times: Selected Works (with Commentary)

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Satyendra Nath Bose became a legendary figure of science in the 20th century in India with his revolutionary discovery on the nature of radiation. Despite the association with Einstein, however, little is known about him outside of India. This book highlights the remarkable intellect and the extraordinary personality of Bose set against the backdrop of a rich Bengali cultural tradition and British-Indian politics. Unlike other books covering the significance of Bose's discovery, this book describes his diverse scientific contributions to India's scientific community by bringing together selected articles and addresses by Bose as well as contributions from some well-known scientists on the many-faceted life of Bose, thus making it a truly unique volume.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789812790705
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword v

Satyendra Nath Bose - His Life and Times K. C. Wali xv

I Selected Scientific Papers

A Early Papers - Classical Physics

On the Influence of the Finite Volume of Molecules on the Equation of State [Phil. Mag. Ser. 6, 36, pp. 199-203 (1918)] M. N. Saha S. N. Basu 4

On the Herpolhode [Bull. Cal. Math. Soc. 11, pp. 21-22 (1919)] S. Basu 7

On The Equation of State [Phil. Mag. Ser. 6, 39, p. 456 (1920)] M. N. Saha S. N. Basu 9

B Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Statistics

On the Deduction of Rydberg's Law from the Quantum Theory of Spectral Emission [Phil. Mag. 40, pp. 619-627 (1920)] S. N. Basu 12

Plancks Gesetz und Lichtquantenhypothese [Z. Physik 26, pp. 168-171 (1924)] Bose 21

Planck's Law and the Light-Quantum Hypothesis [English translation of Z. Physik 26, pp. 168-171 (1924)] Bose 26

Warmegleichgewicht im Strahlungsfeld bei Anwesenheit von Materie [Z. Physik 27, pp. 384-393 (1924)] S. N. Bose 30

Thermal Equilibrium in the Radiation Field in the Presence of Matter [English translation of Z. Physik 27, pp. 384-393 (1924)] S. N. Bose 40

A Note on Dirac Equation and the Zeeman Effect [Ind. J. Phys. 17, pp. 301-308 (1943)] S. N. Bose K. Basu 49

C The Ionosphere - Mathematical Physics

Anomalous Dielectric Constant of Artificial Ionosphere [Sci. & Cult. 3, pp. 335-337 (1937)] S. N. Bose S. R. Khastgir 61

On the Total Reflection of Electromagnetic Waves in the Ionosphere [Ind. J. Phys. 12, pp. 121-144 (1938)] S. N. Bose 63

On the Complete Moment-Coefficients of the D2-Statistic [Sankhya - Ind. J. Stat. 2, pp. 385-396 (1936)] S. N. Bose 87

On the Moment-Coefficients of the D2-Statistic and Certain Integral and Differential Equations Connected with theMultivariate Normal Population [Sankhya - Ind. J. Stat. 3, pp. 105-124 (1937)] S. N. Bose 100

Studies in Lorentz Group [Bull. Cal. Math. Soc. 31, pp. 137-147 (1939)] S. N. Bose 122

The Complete Solution of the Equation: [Proc. Nat. Inst. Sc. India 7, pp. 93-102 (1941)] S. N. Bose S. C. Kar 133

On an Integral Equation Associated with the Equation for Hydrogen Atom [Bull. Cal. Math. Soc. 37, pp. 51-61 (1945)] S. N. Bose 143

D Unified Field Theory

The Identities of Divergence in the New Unitary Theory [English translation of Comptes rendus de L'Academie des Sciences 236, pp. 1333-1335 (1953)] S. N. Bose L. de Broglie 158

A Unitary Field Theory with G m 0 [English translation of Le Jour de Phys et le Radium (Paris), 14, pp. 641-644 (1953)] S. N. Bose 161

Certain Consequences of the Existence of the Tensor g in the Affine Relativistic Field [English translation of Le Jour de Phys et le Radium (Paris), 14, pp. 645-647 (1953)] S. N. Bose 169

The Affine Connection in Einstein's New Unitary Field Theory [Ann. Math. USA 59, pp. 171-176 (1954) (Princeton University, NJ)] S. N. Bose 175

Solution of a Tensor Equation Occurring in the Unitary Field Theory [English translation of Bull. Soc. Math. 83, pp. 81-88 (1955)] S. N. Bose 182

II Satyendra Nath Bose

A Lectures and Addresses

Science in Education [Man and His Work, Part II, pp. 127-133] Proc. The Bengal Education Week, I, pp. 56-64 (1936) 194

Visva-Bharati [Man and His Work, Part II, pp. 141-144] Convocation address delivered at Visva-Bharati on 15 January 1957 201

Higher Education and Us [Man and His Work, Part II, pp. 145-150] Convocation address delivered at Calcutta University in 1962 205

Man in the Scientific Age [Man and His Work, Part II, pp. 157-161] Address at a Symposium in Tokyo, Japan 1962 211

The Mother Tongue [Man and His Work, Part II, pp. 162-167] Address delivered in Bengali at the "Angrezi Hatao Conference" [Banish English Conference] at Hyderabad in October 1962 216

Education and Science [Man and His Work, Part II, pp. 168-174] Convocation address delivered at Ranchi University on 11 May 1963 222

On His Seventieth Birthday [Man and His Work, Part II, pp. 175-180] Address given in Bengali at the Mahajati Sadan Auditorium, Calcutta on 1 January 1964 229

The Krishnan Memorial Lecture, 1971 [Man and His Work, Part II, pp. 188-195] Lecture delivered at the National Physical Laboratory on 12 March 1971 235

Education and the New Age [Man and His Work, Part II, pp. 196-199] Address delivered in Bengali at the Rabindra Bharati University on 10 May 1971 243

At the Calcutta University Convocation 1973 [Man and His Work, Part II, pp. 200-203] Convocation address delivered in Bengali at Calcutta University on 16 June 1973 247

Address at Seminar on Scientific Contributions of S. N. Bose [Man and His Work, Part II, pp. 204-206] Speech delivered at the Calcutta Mathematical Society on 29 December 1973 251

B Miscellaneous Pieces

A Scientist's Apologia [Man and His Work, Part II, pp. 219-223] 256

The Progress of Science in Ancient India [Man and His Work, Part II, pp. 224-229] 261

The Early Phase of My Explorations in Science [Man and His Work, Part II, pp. 244-249] 267

Einstein (1935) [Man and His Work, Part II, pp. 279-284] 273

In the Company of Madame Curie [Man and His Work, Part II, pp. 290-291] 279

III Historical Perspectives; Reflections

A Loss of Identity: The Birth of Quantum Statistics ['Subtle is the Lord' The Science and Life of Albert Einstein (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1982)] A. Pais 284

Bose Statistics: A Historical Perspective [The Man and His Work, Part I, pp. 35-70] P. Ghose 296

Who Discovered the Bose-Einstein Statistics? [Symmetries in Physics (1600-1690); Proc. 1st Int. Meeting, Saint Feliu de Guixoles, Catalonia, Spain (September 20-26, 1983) pp. 222-250] S. Bergia 332

Addendum P. Ghose 361

Nobel Lecture: Bose-Einstein Condensation in a Dilute Gas, the First 70 Years and Some Recent Experiments* [Rev. Mod. Phys. 74, 875 (2002)] E. A. Cornell C. E. Wieman 369

Experimental Proof of the Spin of the Photon C. V. Raman S. Bhagavantam 388

Evidence for the Spin of the Photon from Light Scattering C. V. Raman S. Bhagavantam 398

S. N. Bose: The Man [Talk presented at a seminar on Albert Einstein, Dhaka, 30 May, 2005; Proc. Bangladesh Academy of Sciences] P. Ghose 400

Satyendranath Bose: Co-Founder of Quantum Statistics [Am. J. Phys. 40, 1212 (1972)] W. A. Blanpied 414

Einstein and Bose [Einstein from 'B' to 'Z' (Birkhauser, 2002), pp. 519-538] J. Stachel 422

A Conversation with Satyendranath Bose about Five Decades Ago - Some Recollections [Current Science 78, pp. 636-638 (2000)] S. Ramaseshan 442

Satyen Bose in Berlin [The Physicist, Bulletin of the Bangladesh Physical Society (1995), pp. 17-21] P. Sinha 445

Satyendra Nath Bose: Historical Notes and Reflections E. C. G. Sudarshan 457

Satyendra Nath Bose - Some Vignettes of a Many-sided Personality D. N. Bose 462

Contributors 467

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