C. V. Raman and Colonial Physics: Acoustics and the Quantum

  title={C. V. Raman and Colonial Physics: Acoustics and the Quantum},
  author={Somaditya Banerjee},
  journal={Physics in Perspective},
  • Somaditya Banerjee
  • Published 2014
  • Physics
  • Physics in Perspective
  • Presenting the social and historical context of Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, this paper clarifies the nature and development of his work in early twentieth-century colonial India. Raman’s early fascination with acoustics became the basis of his later insights into the nature of the light quantum. His work on light scattering played an important role in the experimental verification of quantum mechanics. In general, Raman’s worldview corrects certain Orientalist stereotypes about scientific… CONTINUE READING