Fermat's Last Theorem by Simon Singh is not a book which details out the proof. The actual proof manuscript by Andrew Wiles is 200 pages long and consists of beautiful blend of mathematical concepts with modern mathematics.
Simon Singh has very beautifully explained the various approaches and attempts made to prove this theorem by mathematicians for over 350 years. She has step by step taken the reader to the times preceding the Fermat's time, to the time of Pythagoras, wherein lies the roots of this theorem. In this process she has taken us through brief life, time and works of various mathematicians whose work proved valuable in order for Andrew Wiles to proof this theorem. The book is written in a very interesting and catching style and surprisingly does not include any complex mathematics. And hence a person with basic high school understanding of mathematics can understand and grasp the concepts in this book.
This book covers the story of trigonometrical survey carried out in India during the most part of 19th Century. The project was started by a British surveyor William Lambton and after his death the chief surveyor position was taken over by George Everest. However, surprisingly, people do not remember Lambton at all and Everest was only remembered because Mount Everest was named after him.
The book covers the hardship faced by the surveyors in the then prevailing geographic conditions. A good amount of surveyors died due to various diseases, more specifically malaria and attacks by tigers and scorpios. The survey team also faced mobility problems as the survey instrument of those times weighed in tons and were difficult to transport.
If you are instructed in history and most specifically geographical history, then this book is a worth read. ...more
An excellent book describing the rise and fall of Ravana.This book also give insights into ancient Indian civilization around 7 - 8 thousand years bacAn excellent book describing the rise and fall of Ravana.This book also give insights into ancient Indian civilization around 7 - 8 thousand years back. The author has clearly stated in this book that without understanding this historical perspective, geographical layout and culture of those times it will be difficult to understand the story. And kudos to him that he has spend a great deal of time in getting that perspective in front of the reader. He has based all this historical details on the basis of ancient Indian literatures such as Vedas, Puranas etc.Some people may find it offensive to Indian religion and some other may treat this as complete fiction.
Anybody who can read Hindi (and by that I mean a very good Hindi and Sanskrit), and is interested in learning about the civilization which existed around 7 - 8 thousand years back, must read this. Its a classic master piece by the author....more
This book is about Abdul Karim and his relationship and time spend with Queen Victoria in the last decade or so of her reign. Abdul, though arrived asThis book is about Abdul Karim and his relationship and time spend with Queen Victoria in the last decade or so of her reign. Abdul, though arrived as a mere attendant to the Queen, quickly rose to the ranks of a Munshi and The India Secretary for the Queen.Throughout his period, he was the constant subject of discussion and conspiracies against him from the household and the rest of the royal family members. He was the one who taught the Queen, how to read and write Urdu and familiarised about the culture and life of India. This book also mentions how after the Queen's death Abdul Kareen (and the rest of the 'Black Brigade', as it was called by the Queen's household and other royals) were packed and sent back to India like common criminals and that the Kind Edward ensured that all the communication between Abdul and the the Queen is destroyed.
The author has done extensive research in this subject and have travelled to various libraries in order to bring this great historic account in the form of the book. The books portrays the loving and assertive side of the Queen Victoria and how she ensured that her Indian subjects are well taken care of, especially those that are very close to her. We also see the royal politics, racism and class divide clearly in the Royal family.
I liked this book very much and this is strong recommendation for any of the history lovers....more
'Ooath of the Vayuputras' was a different book from the first two parts of the trilogy. This book has less of an action but more of discussions about'Ooath of the Vayuputras' was a different book from the first two parts of the trilogy. This book has less of an action but more of discussions about good and evil. The author has done quite good historical research as well to link the Jorastrians with ancient Indian culture. I must say that the one thing which disappointed me is the way the plot took the turn from part two. Till part two the author was able to bind the readers and keep the interest. The reader was curious as to what will be happening next and what is the "Ooath of the Vayuputras", but the author has not been able to bind the readers in this book. I found mysefl skipping the discussion about Good and Evil and at several other places.
There is a growing number of next gen Indian Authors coming up with plots based on the ancient Indian historical backgrounds mixed with latest researches, with one thing in common - they all are getting carried away in philosopy and sprituality.
In this book, if the author would have kept this novel purely as an action novel with some battle strategies etc then it would have been great end to a wonderful start. Neverthless I am giving it three stars as this is the first work by the author and writing a trilogy in the first work is an achievement in itself. I am sure the next books will follow the continual improvement.
An excellent collection of articles, essays and book excerpts written by various people about Kashmir. This book is a must read for all the folks wantAn excellent collection of articles, essays and book excerpts written by various people about Kashmir. This book is a must read for all the folks wanting to understand the various problems of people of Jammu and Kashmir and how they have become the pawn in the hands of politicians of both India and Pakistan....more
An amazing warehouse of information related to Russia. It was very interesting to read how Russia came into existence and what happened in its 1000 yeAn amazing warehouse of information related to Russia. It was very interesting to read how Russia came into existence and what happened in its 1000 year of history.
I was always wondering what happened to Gorbachev's reforms and why it lead to collapse of USSR and now I know why. I still remember images from the television news Gorbachev handing over the briefcase containing nuclear controls to Boris Yeltsin and now I know exactly what sequence of events lead to this state.
This book is highly recommended for anybody remotely interested in Russian history. ...more
Excellent book. I never knew so much about the history of Indian sub-continent. Alice has done really a great job doing this massive research on histoExcellent book. I never knew so much about the history of Indian sub-continent. Alice has done really a great job doing this massive research on history of Indus river and the various civilizations which thrived thousands of years back around the river.
She has taken great pain to trace the route of Indus river from the end to beginning and many times crossed Pakistan-Afganistan border without fear of terrorists....more
There are two stories simultaneously running - one that of Chanakya & Chandragupta and the other that of Gangasagar (the modern Chanakya) and ChanThere are two stories simultaneously running - one that of Chanakya & Chandragupta and the other that of Gangasagar (the modern Chanakya) and Chandni Gupta (modern Chandragupta). The modern plot is a political plot of power and corruption.
Although it is an interesting read, in my opinion, the author should have restricted to only one story....more
A great book with lots of additional stories from other Indian epics / scriptures. The author has taken time to explain some of the actions taken by vA great book with lots of additional stories from other Indian epics / scriptures. The author has taken time to explain some of the actions taken by various characters.
If you have never read Mahabharata, this could be the book you can take as your first book on the subject. But of-course you must not stop here and continue reading commentaries by various other authors....more
So much of bloodshed for control over India? I never knew this. This is a great book if you wanted to understand why British and Russian fought so harSo much of bloodshed for control over India? I never knew this. This is a great book if you wanted to understand why British and Russian fought so hard (a secret war a.k.a The Great Game) for control over Afghanistan....more