Fraser, Gordon, Cosmic Anger: Abdus Salam – the first Muslim Nobel scientist.


A thousand years ago the Islamic world was creative in culture and science, producing many keen thinkers. During the past few centuries it has been relatively barren in science. Yet, today there are Muslim scientists in many countries. Abdus Salam was one. Formed in a university in India, and trained later in England, Salam quickly revealed his genius for mathematics and physics, eventually receiving the Nobel Prize. This remarkably well-written book recounts the life and achievements of this so-far only modern eminent Muslim scientist who, while being loyal to his sect and faith, transcended race and religion. He founded an international research center in Trieste for third world scientists. He was ostracized from his religion because he belonged to a no-no Muslim sect in Pakistan. The book gives snippets of Indian history, Islamic sects, Oxford, and more. It reveals the power of the individual against  obscurantism in cultures.  The reader may hope that some day backward looking cultures will wake up to the light of the modern world.

July30, 2008

Advertisements

About Varadaraja V. Raman

Physicist, philosopher, explorer of ideas, bridge-builder, devotee of Modern Science and Enlightenment, respecter of whatever is good and noble in religious traditions as well as in secular humanism,versifier and humorist, public speaker, dreamer of inter-cultural,international,inter-religious peace.
This entry was posted in Book Reviews. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Fraser, Gordon, Cosmic Anger: Abdus Salam – the first Muslim Nobel scientist.

  1. My favorite phrase in the review is that he “transcended race and religion.” How important and rare that is today? It sounds like an interesting book.

    Naaman Hills
    http://naamanhills.wordpress.com/

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s