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Is Science Autonomous

Is Science Autonomous?
Radhika Ramasubban Anatomy of Science by A Rahman; National Publishing House, Delhi,
RAHMAN'S intention in writing this tnonograph-size book appears to be only to give a bird's-eyeview of the functioning of science and scientists in India in all its numerous aspects. For, while the probing tip of Rahman's scalpel touches every part of the anatomy, not a single aspect is dwelt on in any depth. The principal achievement of this tract is Rahman's penetrating observations which throw up a host of interesting questions and hypotheses to which later, more detailed studies can apply themselves. Also, this is the first systematic attempt by a scientist to take up an empirical study of scientific activity as practised in India seen against the backdrop of Indian society. The author's purpose in writing this book "is to draw the attention of the concerned people and start a debate rather than be content witli a vague and generalised discussion based on the problems of the advanced countries Further, such an effort may lead to a better appreciation and critical understanding and be of considerable help in the organisation of science and a better utilisation of the scientists in the country." Though he admits that the paucity of published literature and data on the subject has compelled him to fall back on personal impressions in many respects, one cannot shake off the uneasy feeling while reading the hook that his observations prefer to describe manifestations rather than analyse the underlying socio-economic causes of thestagnation of Indian science.

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