History of Indo-French Scientific Partnership

Again I felt that overpowering rush of excitement which I fond almost everyone has experienced who has seen a man fly. It is an exhilaration, a thrill, an ecstasy. Just as children jump and clap their hands to see a kite mount, so, when the machine leaves the ground and with a soaring movement really flies upon its speeding wings, one feels impelled to shout, to rush after it, to do anything which will relieve the overcharged emotion.
— Harry Harper, describing Bleriot’s departure for Dover, in the Daily Mail, 26 July 1909.

This project is our chance to understand how our nations responded to new ideas and discoveries. What happened when we first reached the space? When the first trains were electrified, when the first volt was generated from Nuclear Power… This is our chance to understand our cultures together through the lens of science. 

Ce projet est notre chance de comprendre comment nos nations ont réagi aux nouvelles idées et découvertes. Que s’est-il passé lorsque nous avons atteint l’espace pour la première fois ? Quand les premiers trains ont-ils été électrifiés, quand le premier volt a-t-il été produit par l’énergie nucléaire… C’est notre chance de comprendre ensemble nos cultures au prisme de la science. 

HOS is a blog focusing on the the scientific partnership between France and India. The first theme is about “India and France in Space”. If you like our content, don’t forget to subscribe at the bottom of the page. If you wish to support or contribute, please feel free to write to us.


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