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A Century of Ideas

Perspectives from Leading Scientists of the 20th Century

  • B. G. Sidharth

Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 149)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Fred Hoyle
    Pages 1-12
  3. Hermann Bondi
    Pages 13-18
  4. William Fowler
    Pages 19-25
  5. Simon van der Meer
    Pages 27-41
  6. George Porter
    Pages 43-53
  7. Antony Hewish
    Pages 55-64
  8. P. G. de Gennes
    Pages 77-85
  9. Gerard't Hooft
    Pages 109-121
  10. Douglas D. Osheroff
    Pages 175-203

About this book


Shortly after its inauguration in 1985 the Birla Science Centre, Hyderabad, India, started a series of lectures by Nobel Laureates and other scientists of international renown, usually in Physics and Astronomy, sometimes in Life Sciences and Chemistry.

The present collection mostly consists of lectures on frontier topics. The transcript of each lecture is preceded by a short biography of the Nobel Laureate/Scientist in question.

The lectures are aimed at, and accessible to a wide non-specialist but higher educated audience.


B.M. Birla Memorial Lecture series B.M. Birla Science Centre Nobel Laureate Nobel Laureates Particle accelerator astronomy

Editors and affiliations

  • B. G. Sidharth
    • 1
  1. 1.International Institute for Applicable Mathematics & Information ScienceB.M. Birla Science CentreAdarshnagarIndia

About the editors

B.G. Sidharth got his B.Sc. (Mathematics Honors), M.Sc. and PhD from Calcutta University. After working for several years in Quantum Scattering, Dr. Sidharth’s work entered on the fundamental problems facing Physics today. His 1997 papers, contrary to the ruling paradigm, predicted a dark energy driven accelerating Universe with a small cosmological constant. Remarkably, this was confirmed in 1998. His work deals with fuzzy spacetime and the unification of interactions and similar problems within this context. Besides a large number of research publications in international journals, Dr. Sidharth also authored and edited a number of books. In addition he has lectured widely in the United States, Canada, Europe and other places.

B.G. Sidharth is the founder-director of the B.M. Birla Science Centre, Hyderabad, India, and its constituent, the International Institute for Applicable Mathematics and Information Sciences, Hyderabad, and Udine, Italy. He was associated with the International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy, for many years having been a Senior Associate. Dr. Sidharth is on the Editorial / Advisory boards of international journals, institutes and award committees. Last but not least he played host to many Nobel Laureates and other physicists of World importance.

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"This work is a truly great collection of scientific accomplishments of the 20th century. These public lectures by internationally renowned scientists ... were given at the B. M. Birla Science Center in Hyderabad, India, between 1985 and 2000. The book is designed for the educated nonspecialist audience. ... Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students and above." (F. Potter, Choice, Vol. 46 (3), November, 2008)

"This book presents either a summary or the full text of 15 lectures given by distinguished scientists as a part of the B. M. Birla Memorial Lecture and Distinguished Lecture program. … aimed at a general audience of non-specialist scientists and mostly deal with astronomy and astrophysics." (Fernande Grandjean and Gary J. Long, Physicalia Magazine, Vol. 30 (4), 2008)