Adventures Into the Unknown

Essays

First Edition

ISBN(s) 978-93-83968-11-4
Pub. Date 2016
Pages 108 pages (xvi+92)
Dimensions demy octavo, 8.5 x 5.5 in.
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As the essays in this collection testify, even half a century after his death in 1966, D D Kosambi continues to be provocative, instructive, and contemporary. Many of the arguments that he makes in his two didactic and hitherto unpublished essays are insightful and incisive, and display, in a new setting, the range of his scholarship and the breadth of his interests. The other essays that are included here are his passionate advocacy of solar energy, and his posthumously published autobiographical essay that outlines his credo, and that lends its title to the book.

Contents

Preface

  1. An Introduction to Lectures on Dialectical Materialism
  2. On Statistics
  3. Atomic Energy for India
  4. Adventure into the Unknown

Reviews

The essays included in this volume, some published for the first time, demonstrate once again DD Kosambi’s impressive span of reading, and his amazing ability to make inter­connections between scientific principles, creative literature and the world we live in. He claimed that he was primarily a mathematician but his vision clearly went far beyond that.

On reading the outline notes to his lectures on Dialectical Materialism one wishes that the text of the lectures had been available. He explains his understanding of Marxism both in theoretical terms as well as drawing from scientific examples and events of everyday life. For him Marxism was a tool of analysis best used by those capable of independent thinking.

What he says on statistics when speaking of how statistics can be used, is sometimes humorous, but can also become extremely pertinent, as when he describes his application of it to his study of ancient coins. He endorsed solar energy rather than nuclear power, a view that would be supported by far larger numbers of people today.

These essays, as adventures into the unknown, represent yet another facet of a remarkable man.

— Romila Thapar

About DD Kosambi Read full profile ›

Damodar Dharmananda Kosambi (31 July 1907 – 29 June 1966) was an Indian mathematician, statistician, historian and polymath who contributed to genetics by introducing Kosambi's map function. He is well known for his work in numismatics and for... Read more

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