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  • Comets – Nomads of the Solar System

    This book introduces the general reader to the world of comets – those celestial visitors from the outer Solar System that occasionally visit the Earth’s neighbourhood and put up spectacular shows in the night sky. The world had geared up for just such a show at the end of 2013, when Comet ISON was expected to light up the night sky. Using the occasion to bring the world of comets to those interested, this book is a delightful read about the quirky world of these unpredictable visitors. Apart from lucidly and accurately updating the reader about what comets are, where they come from, why is it that they assume the fantastic shapes they do etc. “Comets” also regales the reader with myths about comets in various cultural contexts, snippets about famous comets in the history of mankind, anecdotes on comet discoveries and discoverers, the bewildering procedures followed while naming comets and much more. The book takes a hard look at the hype surrounding the fiery expectations about Comet ISON an cautions the reader that, while there was a good chance of the comet blazing forth in the skies of December 2013, there was a realistic chance that the comet would not survive its close encounter with the Sun. Sadly, the pessimistic predictions came true and the comet disintegrated as it went around the Sun. As we wait for chance to throw us a Great Comet to gaze at in the future, “Comets: Nomads of the Solar System” is an excellent guide to prepare for the event!

  • Ancient Stone Riddles: Megaliths of the Indian Subcontinent

    Ancient Stone Riddles is an introduction to the fascinating but less-known monuments called megaliths in the context of the Indian subcontinent. The book seeks to present the current understanding among archaeologists and other researchers in a lucid manner to the general reader, while stimulating thought on the many questions that linger about these remnants from our distant past and the people and cultures that built them. It also discusses recent research about the knowledge systems possessed by the megalith builders, including the possibility that some of these monuments were erected to observe celestial cycles.

  • Bharatiya Bijaganita

    ಪ್ರಾಚೀನ ಭಾರತೀಯ-ಬೀಜಗಣಿತದಲ್ಲಿ ಅನಿರ್ಣೀತ ಸಮೀಕರಣಗಳ ಕುರಿತ ವಿಶ್ಲೇಷಣೆಯು (Indeterminate-analysis) ವಿಶೇಷ ಗಮನಾರ್ಹವಾದ ಸಂಗತಿಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಏಕಘಾತೀಯ ಅನಿರ್ಣೀತ ಸಮೀಕರಣಗಳ ಪರಿಹಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಬAಧಿಸಿದ ವಿಷಯದ ವಿಶ್ಲೇಷಣೆಯನ್ನು ಭಾರತೀಯ-ಬೀಜಗಣಿತಜ್ಞರು ‘ಕುಟ್ಟಕ’ ಎಂಬ ಪಾರಿಭಾಷಿಕ ಪದದಿಂದ ಸೂಚಿಸಿದರೆ, ಅನಿರ್ಣೀತ ವರ್ಗಸಮೀಕರಣಗಳ ವಿಶ್ಲೇಷಣೆಯನ್ನು ‘ವರ್ಗಪ್ರಕೃತಿ’ ಎಂದು ಕರೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಎರಡೂ ವಿಷಯಗಳನ್ನು ವಿಶದವಾಗಿ ಚರ್ಚಿಸಿದೆ. ಚಿಹ್ನೆಗಳ-ಬಳಕೆ, ಅವ್ಯಕ್ತಗಳನ್ನು ಸೂಚಿಸುವುದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಬಳಸುವ ಅಕ್ಷರಸಂಕೇತಗಳು, ಸಮೀಕರಣಗಳು ಬೀಜಗಣಿತಶಾಸ್ತçದ ಮೂಲಾಧಾರಗಳಾಗಿವೆ. ಅವ್ಯಕ್ತಗಳನ್ನು ಸೂಚಿಸುವುದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಶಿಸ್ತುಬದ್ಧವಾಗಿ ಅಕ್ಷರಸಂಕೇತಗಳನ್ನು ಪ್ರಪ್ರಥಮವಾಗಿ ಬಳಸಿದವರು ಭಾರತೀಯರು. ವಿವಿಧ ಬಗೆಯ ಸಮೀಕರಣಗಳನ್ನು ವಿಭಿನ್ನ-ವರ್ಗಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಂಗಡಿಸಿ, ಅವುಗಳ ವಿಸ್ತöÈತ ಅಧ್ಯಯನವನ್ನು ಪ್ರಪ್ರಥಮವಾಗಿ ಕೈಗೊಂಡವರೂ ಅವರೇ ಆಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಹಾಗಾಗಿ, ಬೀಜಗಣಿತವನ್ನು ಶಾಸ್ತçದ-ಸ್ವರೂಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಹುಟ್ಟುಹಾಕಿ ಮುನ್ನಡಿಸಿದವರೂ ಅವರೇ ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಬಹುದಾಗಿದೆ. ಪ್ರಸ್ತುತ ಕೃತಿಯು ಬೀಜಗಣಿತದ ಸಮೀಕರಣಗಳನ್ನು ಬಿಡಿಸುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ಅವಶ್ಯವಾಗಿರುವ ಪ್ರಕ್ರಿಯೆಗಳನ್ನು ಅಥವಾ ಪರಿಕರ್ಮಗಳನ್ನು ಅರ್ಥಾತ್ “ಬೀಜೋಪಯೋಗಿ-ಗಣಿತ”ವನ್ನು ಮತ್ತು ಬೀಜಗಣಿತೀಯ ಸಮೀಕರಣಗಳ ವಿಶ್ಲೇಷಣೆಯ ಕುರಿತು ಚರ್ಚೆ “ಬೀಜ” ಎರಡನ್ನೂ ಒಳಗೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಪ್ರಾಚೀನ ಆಚಾರ್ಯರು ನಿರೂಪಿಸಿರುವ ನಿಯಮಗಳಿಗೆ ಉಪಪತ್ತಿಯನ್ನು ಒದಗಿಸಿರುವುದು, ಮತ್ತು ಸ್ಪಷ್ಟೀಕರಣಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿರುವ ಉದಾಹರಣೆ ಲೆಕ್ಕವನ್ನು ಆಯಾ ಗ್ರಂಥಕರ್ತನು ತಿಳಿಸಿರುವ ವಿಧಾನದನ್ವಯವೇ ಆಧುನಿಕ ಗಣಿತೀಯ-ಸಂಕೇತಗಳನ್ನು ಹಾಗೂ ಚಿಹ್ನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಬಳಸಿ ಪೂರ್ತಿಯಾಗಿ ಬಿಡಿಸಿ ತೋರಿಸಿರುವುದು ಈ ಕೃತಿಯ ವಿಶೇಷ ಮಹತ್ವದ ಸಂಗತಿಯಾಗಿವೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಲ್ಲಿ,

  • A Birder’s Handbook to Manipal 3rd Edition

    The third edition of A Birder’s Handbook to Manipal documents 260 species of birds observed in Manipal since 2009. It is more concise and informative than the previous editions, covers more species and has up-to-date maps and documentation notes. This edition also comes with a waterproof quick-ID guide for easy use in the field, as well as bird sounds. Ramit Singal is a former student of Manipal Institute of Technology. He founded the Manipal Birders’ Club and authored the first and second editions of this book. In the past, he has been associated with Centre for Wildlife Studies and Nature Conservation Foundation as well as a number of short-term projects across the country. He enjoys spreading the love for birds amongst others and has been working with bird-related citizen science projects over the past few years.

  • Affordable and Effective Drug Delivery (Varanasi to Manipal Research Journey)

    Affordable and Effective Drug Delivery book is a compilation of the research works guided by Dr N Udupa in the area of drug delivery. Over four decades, Dr Udupa has shared his proficiency and expertise to build up, strengthen and widen the knowledge and information about the development and delivery of various therapeutic dosage forms. Research work that he undertook over several years is presented briefly as a compilation of his research activities involving Novel Drug Delivery System, Liposomes, Niosomes, Nutraceuticals, etc. The book will not only inspire many young researchers but, will also be a guiding force to senior researchers in the academia and industry. More than 500 publications with over 5000 citations, about eight patents, half-a-dozen books, and research guidance of over 100 research scholars is a definitive testimony of his exemplary contribution to pharma education and research.

  • Bh?rat?ya Triko?amiti ??stra

    Indian Trigonometry was developed as a powerful mathematical tool for Siddh?ntic Astronomy. The book, Bh?rat?ya Triko?amiti ??stra (Hindu Trigonometry) deals with all the relevant topics of Indian trigonometry, including trigonometrical identities and other formulas, trigonometrical tables, methods of interpolation and trigonometrical series, etc. The subject matter is discussed in eleven chapters divided into 80 sections and 50 sub-sections, involving translations of 250 verses spread over in 38 classical Sanskrit works and based on 42 research articles published in 16 research journals. By including material of the late ?ryabha?a School or Kerala ?ryabha?a School, the author has made the book comprehensive and up-to-date. Indeed, the book is fascinating and significant. It is a definite contribution in the study of the history of Indian mathematics. The book is the English version of the Kannada book of the same title.

  • Ayurvedic Inheritance- A Reader’s Companion

    In ancient India, learning spanned four quarters of one?s life. Learning was sought from the teacher, from one?s individual effort, from fellow students and in the last quarter, from the school of life itself. This book belongs to the third quarter for students of Ayurveda regardless of their background in medicine, science, or humanities. Apart from topics in the eight branches of Ayurveda, the book also deals with ?yurvedic Biology which seeks to study the concepts and procedures of Ayurveda with the tools of modern biology. M S Valiathan is a National Research Professor of the Government of India. He is a medical graduate from the University of Kerala and completed his postgraduate training in general surgery from the University of Liverpool and other hospitals in the UK. He did his specialisation in cardiac surgery from the Johns Hopkins and Georgetown University Hospitals in the US. He was a cardiac surgeon for over three decades. His shift to Ayurvedic studies resulted in the publication of three volumes on Caraka, Su?ruta and V?gbha?a, and an Introduction to ?yurveda. The Department of Science and Technology set up a Task Force in Ayurvedic Biology under his chairmanship to promote research in the nascent discipline.

  • Path to Ideal Motherhood

    Path to Ideal Motherhood is a complete guide on pre-conceptual counselling, pregnancy and childbirth. Pregnancy is to nurture a life within, where a would-be mother experiences physical, psychological, emotional and societal changes. A complete knowledge of pregnancy, and a sincere and positive effort by the would-be mother is what is required to make this journey an enriching experience, filled with fond memories. The book discusses and provides a detailed information on important facts of childbirth and pregnancy, lifestyle changes during pregnancy, along with the importance of breathing, nutrition, exercises, sleep, etc. The book also discusses the concept of Garbha Sanskar for a healthy baby. As a young mother nurtures a young life, the book seeks to nurture the young mother towards an ideal path to motherhood.

  • Capturing the Cosmic Light – A Handbook of Astrophotography

    The Handbook of Astrophotography is the first book dedicated to Astronomical Imaging through modest equipment, and the first to be published in India. It is a chronicle of the techniques learnt and employed by the author and is by no means proprietary. It is assumed that the reader is equipped with the basic knowledge to use a digital camera. After showing the many methods to capture the Cosmos, the book shows how to process these images. It is designed to be a handbook and not a user manual. The author hopes that the reader will be confident in astronomical imaging and develop his/her own techniques after reading the book. Sathyakumar started Astrophotography in January 2006 with a homemade wooden star-tracking mount and a camera borrowed from a friend. He later used his homemade Newtonian reflector telescope and an inexpensive digital camera to capture photos of the Moon. With an MSc in Aerospace engineering from the University of Salford, Manchester, he joined Opticstar Ltd, as a design engineer. There he was trained on the latest of astronomical instruments available for the amateur astrophotographer and eventually purchased the Celestron C8 Schmidt cassegrain telescope and the CG-5 Equatorial mount. Currently, he uses a GSO 6 inch RC telescope and an HEQ5-PRO computerized mount as well as an Orion 80ED Apochromatic telescope for astrophotography. He also owns an Astrotrac to take wide field vistas of the Cosmos. He is now employed as a Scientific Officer at Karnataka Science and Technology Promotion Society, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of Karnataka.

  • Physical Science and The Future of India

    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.