This book is a compendium to portray the flora and plant wealth in the Indian Institute of Science campus. 700 and odd taxa are presented in two volumes with photographs: Volume I showcases trees, palms, woody climbers, shrubs, herbs, succulents, cacti and orchids. Volume II covers trees, shrubs, trailers and climbers, herbs, grasses, sedges and cat-tails, plants of water and marsh, flowering parasites, non flowering seed plants and lower groups.
This book is important because it is the first textbook in an area that has become very popular in recent times. There are around 250 research groups in crystal engineering worldwide today. The subject has been researched for around 40 years but there is still no textbook at the level of senior undergraduates and beginning PhD students. This book is expected to fill this gap. The writing is simple, with an adequate number of exercises and problems, and the diagrams are easy to understand. This book consists major areas of the subject, including organic crystals and co-ordination polymers, and can easily form the basis of a 30 to 40 lecture course for senior undergraduates.
This important book is an autobiographical account of doing scientific research in India. It provides an insight to the perseverance of a scientist from a developing country. His relentless pursuit of excellence in chemistry for more than half a century is a remarkable source of inspiration to young scientists facing modern-day challenges.