(New York, NY) Metanexus Institute announced today the publication of Indic Visions in an Age of Science as part of its continuing series of publications. Indic Visions is the tenth book by the scientist and humanist Varadaraja V. Raman. The book provides a detailed introduction to India’s religions with thoroughly contemporary interpretations thereof consistent with the insights of modern science.
South Asia today is a nexus in a global civilization, its children and grandchildren having traveled to every corner of the world, frequently joining the educated elites abroad and making significant contributions to arts and letters, science and industry, politics and finance. The continued story of Indian civilization is now a global and cosmopolitan enterprise and can no longer be contained in geographically boundaries in one corner of the world. V.V. Raman is a gifted and gracious guide to the rich complexity of Indic civilization, always with a view to fostering peace and understanding amidst dangerous culture wars and clashing civilizations. In ten succinct chapters, V.V. Raman traces the development of Indian religion, philosophy, and science from the distant past to contemporary times.
Varadaraja V. Raman is an emeritus professor of physics and humanities at Rochester Institute of Technology. He attended the University of Calcutta before completing graduate work on the foundations of quantum mechanics at the University of Paris under Louis de Broglie. Raman has authored scores of papers on historical, social, and philosophical aspects of science, as well as on India’s heritage, and has authored nine previous books. Raman is a Metanexus Senior Fellow and regular contributor to its online journal.
Critics have called Indic Visions “a must-read book for students, scholars, and enthusiasts,” “a truly remarkable and much-needed book,” and “a superb synthesis.”
William Grassie, Executive Director of the Metanexus Institute, welcomed the publication of Indic Visions. “Metanexus is extremely proud of our long association with V.V. Raman,” said Grassie, “and pleased to publish this important book. Raman bridges north and south, east and west, science and religion in ways that few people can. He brings to bear deep erudition, multiple fluencies, and great spiritual sensitivities.”
http://amzn.to/nCUwUd. V.V. Raman is available for interviews and speaking engagements. For more information, contact <editor @ metanexus.net>.
Indic Visions in an Age of Science
by V.V. Raman
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“Indic Visions is V.V. Raman’s magnum opus… Comprehensive, scholarly, and eminently readable, this work explores the great questions of humankind: the origins of life and the cosmos, the mind-body relation, the quest for knowledge and liberation, and the nature of the Ultimate. The more I immersed myself in these pages, the more my respect grows for the unparalleled achievements of Indian civilization–past and present– and the incredible author who has brought this altogether in this outstanding volume.”
– Philip Clayton, Claremont School of Theology
“Steeped in science and soaked in spirituality, V.V. Raman blends vast scholarship and deep insights into the rich heritage of India with the great promise of modern science. This book gives a general architecture for constructing a global culture. Timely, stimulating, scintillating… Indic Visions should interest both scholars and students of science and culture in the East and the West.”
– Ramakrishna Rao, Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi.
“In his usual lucid style, V.V. Raman presents a variety of Indic visions… A must read book for students, scholars and enthusiasts who are interested not just in Indian culture and philosophy, but who are willing to contribute to the current intercultural and interdisciplinary discussions.”
– Sangeetha Menon, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India.
“A truly remarkable and much needed book. Clear, concise, and highly informative.”
– Loyal Rue, Luther College, Iowa
“Indic Visions is a superb synthesis. After reading it, one will be compelled to discard the uncritically repeated textbook narratives on Indian religion and science. The book will be invaluable to laypersons and scholars alike.”
— Subhash Kak, Oklahoma State University
“V. V. Raman’s Indic Vision offers a fascinating panoramic view of a vast terrain stretched across space and time… With its lucid literary style and easy flow of language, the book makes for an enjoyable yet profitable experience. It is highly recommended to both beginners and experts.”
– C.V. Vishveshwara, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore
“Raman is a gifted and gracious guide, who helps us understand the whole fabric and see the rich details of Indic civilization in this age of universal science… No matter where you were born, what languages you speak, what beliefs you profess, what disciplines you practice, India is your civilization too. It is time you got to know her better.”
– William Grassie, Metanexus Institute