Mani Bhaumik is the inventor of the LASER technology which is used in Lasik eye surgery. He was born in a village in Bengal (India) when the independence movement was at its peak. His father was a school teacher and freedom fighter. He lived in abject poverty and was close to starvation and death many times in his childhood. He talks about how he was influenced by his father, grandmother, fellow freedom fighters and Gandhi. He says “Gandhi exhausted an entire empire by sheer force of his goodness”. During the famine in Bengal, his grandmother starved to death by giving her portion of the food to him.
He rose from such a background to become a great scientist and multi-millionaire. He also gives an honest account of how he indulged in his wealth. This book describes his spiritual journey, his discovery of god. He tries to explain god using Physics and how he does it, is mind blowing. He also proves that he is first a scientist and then a spiritualist. Here are few amazing facts from the book.
Ø If the rate of expansion of the universe during the time of Big Bang had varied by even 1/1050 the universe would not be suitable for life.
Ø The total energy of the universe is zero.
Ø An unmanifest field called the quantum field pervades the whole universe and is felt equally in all parts of the universe.
Ø The theorized size of the universe at the time of big bang is about one hundred millionth of a billionth of the size of a proton (if you can give it the dignity of size!!).
Ø Have you heard of the weak anthropic cosmological principle. It concludes that the observer is the participator in the creation.
Ø You can create ‘twin’ Photons and whatever be the distance that separates them, you change the state of one Photon, the other automatically and instantly adjusts its state.
A great Indian seer, Shankarcharya tells in one of his famous work, the world in only as large as your thoughts. When I read the work of great scientists, I think, it must feel so good to be one. Their mind itself is source of so much happiness; it makes their world so big.
Code name god is an inspiring story of a man who rose form abject poverty to great fame and wealth. But his greatness lies in the fact that he could recognize the limitations of his success. He could look back at his humble roots and derive richness from it. A Must, Must read.