Activities

Details  of Lecture  Series  under CISST

CISST Inter-disciplinary Lecture Series: These are lectures planned on monthly basis and are being delivered by our faculty members with a view to identify a core group of researchers for taking up research work of inter- disciplinary nature. The details of these lectures are as follows:

Sr. No.

Name

Title

Month

 

1.

 

Prof. Dr. Harish Padh

 

India – Past, Present and Future

 

August 2012

 

2.

 

Prof. Dr. Vinodkumar

 

Higgs Boson – The God Particle

 

September 2012

 

3.

 

Prof. Dr. S. J. Bhatt

 

The Zero and The One

 

October 2012

 

4.

 

Prof. Dr. D. I. Brhambhatt

 

Nomenclature in Chemistry

 

November 2012

 

CISST Lecture 1: INDIA: Past  Present and  Future

Prof. Harish Padh,  M.Sc., Ph.D., Honorable Vice Chancellor,  SPU Date: Thursday,  August 09,  2012
Abstract:
I   am   keeping  the   title   simple   and   attractive.   I   am   going   to   talk   about contribution  of  Indian  economy to  world  economy from  one   thousand  year back  onwards to  today and  project it to  future!.  It will be  truly interdisciplinary as  it involves  macroeconomical concepts like GDP, history  in a  sense of  how things  changed and  are  changing, why things are  changing the  way they  are and  where  we  are  heading to.  The  concepts are  not  really  that  complex  but findings  are  revealing.  I  will also  show  a  8-10  minute video  which  is kind  of lesson  'teaching'.  How  to  teach a  very  boring  economics numbers/data  in an interesting  way. This is my  experiment  in interdisciplinary  arena and  I  hope it will  prove   to   be   interesting  to   young  PhD  students.  I  want   you   to   invite audience  from   all:  science,   humanity  and   social   sciences.  Both  faculty   and students.  Even college audience is also  welcome.  My only  regret is that  there is not  much  science but  there is a  very  interesting  message for  the  youth.  If you  all agree, let me  give it a try.

CISST lecture  2: Higgs Boson:  The God particle?

Prof. Vinodkumar, M.Sc., Ph.D., Department of  Physics,  SPU Date:   WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2012
Abstract:

This   talk   in   the   interdisciplinary   forum    is   about  a   most  important   and ambitious   scientific    endeavor  through   experiments   using    Large    Hadron Collider  at  CERN commissioned  few years  back,  where  very recently  they  have announced preliminary  evidence  for  the  existence  of  the  long-  sought Higgs boson (the  ‘God particle’), a standard model (SM) particle which  is responsible for  the  matter having  mass  and  hence our  own  existence  in  the  universe  to assemble and  discuss about it.

A brief  description  about the   facts  and   goals   set  for  the   LHC experiments, some   details  about   the    standard   model   of    particle    physics    (without mathematical   details),   the   successes  of  the   SM,  the   importance   of  Higgs boson to  the  standard model,  the  sensitivity   of  the  experiments  etc.  will be presented. Finally some glimpses of the  spin  off technologies of this  mega experiment which  have  the  potential to  enhance our  capabilities to  look  at the world differently   and    make    enhanced   comforts  of   human  life   will  be highlighted.

It  is  intended  to  convey   the   basic   science  involved   in  this  search  which  is likely to  be  hailed  as a VERY BASIC FUNDAMENTAL  DISCOVERY.

CISST Lecture 3: The 0 and  the  1

Prof. Subhashbhai Bhatt M.Sc., Ph.D. Department of  Mathematics,  SPU Date:   Wednesday, October 17,  2012

Abstract:
This interdisciplinary  lecture  will be  at  the  cross  roads of  Mathematics,  Logic, Physics  and  Computer Science.  The human urge  and  need for counting  led  to the  development  of  number system,  the  imaginary  numbers  exhibiting hyper real  occurrence in nature. Transfinite  induction  results into  infinities  of higher and  higher order  exhibiting counter  intuitive  behaviour,  hence demanding a strict  logical  approach. The  response to  Hilbert  problem on  logic  by  Godel and Turing led to revealing the limitations of logic and inevitability  of human intelligence; as well as to the  concept of computing. Following a speculative suggestion  by  Feynman, the  highly  successful classical  theory of  computing waits   to   be   refined   by   Quantum  Computing   based  on   Quantum  Logic, ultimately  leading  to  designing Quantum Computers harnessing  the  power of Quantum Mechanics. This is believed to  be  a major  challenge of 21 st century. This  can  be  viewed   as  a  part   of  the   grand programme of  Quantization  of Science.  This will be  illustrated by describing  the  Quantized Calculus  a la Alain Connes  incidentally  giving   rigorous  meaning  to  an  infinitesimal  which  is  a reciprocal of infinity.

All these will be  reviewed,  carefully  avoiding  mathematical  technicalities  and making accessible to  non  mathematicians.

CISST Lecture 4: Nomenclature in Chemistry: Prof.D.I.Brahmbhatt, Department of  Chemistry,  SPU
Date:   Thursday,  November 01,  2012

Abstract:
Nomenclature  is  very  important   in  chemistry   for   naming  the   compounds having  variety of structures. To have a systematic and  uniform name for any particular compound, the ‘Internatioal Union of Pure and  Applied  Chemistry (IUPAC)’    has    framed   rules    and    regulations    for    naming   the    chemical compounds and  is known  as IUPAC Nomenclature.

A minor  mistake in assigning  the  name to  a particular  compound changes its structure drastically  and  therefore one  should be  very careful  in assigning  the structure to  a chemical  compound. e.g.  the  name ‘Bromo  ethyl  acetate’  is for compound A, while the  name ‘Ethyl bromo acetate’ is for compound B

In the  present lecture the  nomenclature of certain selected class of chemical compounds   such    as    Bridged     hydrocarbons,   Spiro    hydrocarbons,   Ring assemblies,  Cyclophanes,  Heterogeneous  hydrides,  and   Hetero  atom replacement in acids,  esters and  anhydrides will be  discussed.