Science and Spirituality in Modern India edited by Makarand Paranjape is part of an ongoing project in India. This book brings together selected papers presented at a conference held in New Delhi in early February 2006. Inaugurated by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, this conference attracted a wide range of scholars from a variety of disciplines such as the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, engineering and medicine.
India has a fertile, even unique ground for an investigation of this sort because it not only has a rich and long history of spiritual endeavour, but also of recent scientific achievement, especially in the frontline areas such as information technology. Interrogating both the content of the dialogue between science and spirituality and its form, this multidisciplinary volume is compulsory reading for those interested in this burgeoning field of study.
The book is divided into three sections. The first, “Science and Spirituality and Modernity”, the second, “Science and Spirituality: Conflicts and Convergences” and the final section more eclectic in its contents looks at “Science and Spirituality: Practices, Personalities and Issues”.
The book includes a special message by the President of India, and an inaugural address by Dr. Karan Singh Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University.