THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Nobel laureate John C. Mather will release two encyclopaedias on astronomy and origin of species here on Monday. State Institute of Encyclopaedic Publications Director K. Pappootty said here on Friday that the NASA scientist will release the encyclopaedias at a function to be held at Kanakakkunnu Palace. Minister for Education and Culture M.A. Baby will preside over.
S.R. Prabhakaran Nair, former head of the Department of Physics, University of Kerala, will receive the ‘Encyclopaedia on Astronomy’. Dr K. Mohandas, Vice-Chancellor of the Kerala University of Health and Allied Sciences, will receive the ‘Encyclopaedia of Origin of Species’.
Assistant editor of the Institute S. Rajalakshmi will introduce the books.
Pappootty said the books were being released marking two major incidents in scientific history. The world is celebrating the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s invention of the telescope and 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s publication of the book ‘Origin of Species.’
Both encyclopaedias are priced at Rs 900 each.