Language: English and Hindi
The First Modern Indian Scientist (Part One: Radiophysics)
This video programme on the co-discoverer of wireless radio propagation and India’s greatest experimentalist Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose exhaustively presents his work on electromagnetic waves. It opens with the context of time, place and significance of his work on the method of generation, perfection and transmission of electromagnetic waves. The programme establishes how he produced extremely short waves and the manner in which he improved upon Heinrich Hertz’s receiver. The programme then transits to the realization of the significance of this work by the stalwarts of science those days earning India a place among nations. The Continuation of research in radio science in India after J C Bose is also touched upon.
The Voice of Life (Part Two: Plant Sciences)
This concluding part of the video opens with a recap of Part One and then establishes the shifting of interest of Acharya Jagadsh Chandra Bose from electromagnetic waves to physics of life and the circumstances leading to this decision. The film traces his experiments based on his believe that the meeting point between the physical, inorganic world and the world of the living was to be found in the action of electromagnetic waves. The manner of working of the delicate and accurate instruments he built in order to test his ideas about response phenomena in plants are also shown. The programme closes on the promise that interdisciplinary research holds.