Physical Sciences and the Future of INDIA Scientific studies of nature have resulted in profound changes in our perspective of ourselves and the world around us. As India reclaims its place in the world, our need for understanding science and appreciating technology has increased. Physical Science and the Future of India, therefore, makes it essential for us to understand the scientific world view as well as powers and limitations of science and technology to understand its impact on our civilisation as a whole. Mayank K Vahia Prof Mayank Vahia is a scientist at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) with a special interest in science, science education and its impact on Indian civilization. His research interests include space-based telescopes for high-energy astrophysics to history of Indian astronomy.