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Science Academies' Lecture Workshop
Mathematics: Aspects, Prospects, and a bit of History
A two-day programme for undergraduate and postgraduate mathematics students
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01st and 02nd July 2013 (Monday and Tuesday) at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc or Matscience)
Sponsored by Indian Academy of Sciences (Bangalore), Indian National Science Academy (New Delhi), and The National Academy of Sciences, India (Allahabad)

Date and time: Monday and Tuesday, 01 and 02 July 2013, 0900--1900 hrs
Venue: Ramanujan Auditorium, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
Timetable with speakers, titles, chairs, and abstracts       Poster
Videos (of most of the sessions)

The programme featured

  • expositions by the following experts on varied aspects of mathematics:
    • Professor Ronojoy Adhikari (IMSc): Nuclear safety and the mathematical quantification of risk       abstract
    • Professor T. E. Venkata Balaji (IITM): Imagine a sky filled with stars most of whom you cannot see       abstract
    • Professor S. Kesavan (IMSc): On the spectrum of the Laplacian       abstract       slides
    • Professor Manoj Kummini (CMI): From linear algebra to robotic arm design via Groebner bases       abstract
    • Professor Mahan Mj. (RKM Vivekananda University): Shapes and geometry of surfaces       abstract       slides
    • Professor Partha Mukhopadhyay (CMI): Determinant and Permanent       abstract
    • Professor Purusottam Rath (CMI): Analysis, transcendence, and arithmetic       abstract
  • a panel discussion on prospects of careers involving mathematics with Professors Rajeeva Karandikar (CMI), R. Ramanujam (IMSc), and Jugal Verma (IITB) as panelists
  • a session on using web resources organized by Professor Amritanshu Prasad (IMSc): Using online resources to learn Mathematics       abstract
  • a lecture on the history of mathematics in India by Professor M. D. Srinivas (Centre for Policy Studies): The cakravala method for solving quadratic indeterminate equations       abstract       slides
  • screening of the documentary the genius of Srinivasa Ramanujan co-produced by Vigyan Prasar and IISER-Pune, anchored by Professor A. Raghuram (IISER, Pune), directed by Mr. Nandan Kudhyadi