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Practising Western Science Outside the West: Personal Observations on the Indian Scene

Choudhuri, Arnab Rai (1985) Practising Western Science Outside the West: Personal Observations on the Indian Scene. In: Social Studies of Science, 15 (3). pp. 475-505.

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Abstract

Modern science, which was an indigenous product of Western culture, is now being practised in many non-Western countries. This paper discusses the peculiar social, cultural and intellectual problems which scientists of these non-Western countries face in adopting Western science in their situations, with special reference to India. It is pointed out that, in addition to money and communication, it is necessary to have a proper psychological gestalt to practise science satisfactorily. The author analyzes his experience as a physics student in India and in the United States to clarify the nature of this psychological gestalt, and to explain what makes it difficult for non-Western scientists to acquire it.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2010 11:22
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2010 11:22
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/25651

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