Book in memory of Santiniketan artist and activist Shyamali Khastgir: “A novel way to introduce scientific thinking in village communities” – West Bengal

‘Monishar pathorer bon’: a novel way to introduce scientific thinking in village communities. ‘Gatchpathor’ or ‘wooden stone’ is a common curiosity in many parts of Bengal. In appearance and texture gatchpathor looks like wood, but one touch reveals that it is actually made of stone! How did it form? Many explanations for its origin exist in Bengali folklore but the story that science tells is even more wonderful and mysterious. And each person can discover the science-based story for themselves by looking carefully and thinking clearly about everyday things that we see around us. This story was produced by an international group of scientists and artists, all linked to Santiniketan, and is being published in association with the Geological Society of India. It is sponsored by three international geological societies including the Paleontological Society, the Palaeontological Association, and the Geological Society of London, and its distribution is being facilitated by the Pratichi Trust. The book is offered in memory of Santiniketan artist and activist Shyamali Khastgir. It was written by Nigel Hughes, professor of geology at the University of California and Santiniketan ex-student and illustrated by Rati Basu, an art teacher at Patha Bhavana, Santiniketan and translated by Dipen Bhattacharya, a professor of physics and astronomy in the Riverside College District. Copies of the book will be distributed freely during educational programmes at local schools, NGO’s and science organizations in Birbhum in August 2012.

104 pages, 1st Edition

Price in India: INR 120.00

Source: Monishar Pathorer Bon :: Nigel Hughes – Monfakira
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