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Visva Parichay, Rabindranath Tagore’s essays on science, to be translated

Published in 1937, Visva Parichay expresses Tagore’s ideas on and respect for scientific laws.

books Updated: Jun 10, 2017 09:10 IST

The Tagore Centre for Natural Science and Philosophy (TCNSP) will take up the task of translating Nobel laureate poet-philosopher Rabindranath Tagore’s Visva Parichay into English and other languages to highlight the bard’s respect for scientific laws. A collection of essays on science, Visva Parichay was published in 1937.

TCNSP aims to study the interface of natural science and philosophy. Supported by the West Bengal government, it is hosted at the state-run Rabindra Tirtha.

“Our first task would be to translate Visva Parichay in English and other languages to bring this to the world. This excellently written book gives an idea of non-scientific science but is still pure science,” said nuclear physicist Bikas Sinha, chairman of TCNSP, while addressing the inaugural programme of the centre on Friday.

He said the endeavour would involve experts from India and abroad.

“Sir Roger Penrose, the renowned Oxford physicist, will most likely write something about Tagore, his writings and his relationship with science and interactions with scientists,” said Sinha.

Tagore took an interest in science in his twilight years, writing Visva Parichay (a collection of essays) in 1937.

His exploration of biology, physics, and astronomy impacted his poetry, which often contained extensive naturalism that underscored his respect for scientific laws. Sinha also advocated the introduction of the book in schools.

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