My Friend Mr Leakey

By J.B.S. Haldane

Published by Vigyan Prasar, C-24 Qutub Institutional area, New Delhi, Rs. 40.

ISBN 81-7480-029-8

 

A book that is combination of a fairy tale married to an encyclopedia.

Physics, Geography, History coalesce in new and engaging ways in this delightful book. They emerge from Mr Leakey’s hat, a magician conjured by J.B.S. Haldane, a British-born scientist. Haldane has a deep connection to India –  he lived here for many years and chose to become an Indian citizen after he left Britain, critical of its political role.

The book, in the company of djinns and flying carpets, takes the reader on an unforgettable journey through different parts of the world, including India.

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