Mimamsa Science Fest


August 15th


Mathematics, the natural sciences, and the humanities are forms of what we may call Academic Knowledge, in contrast to other forms of knowledge, including Religious Knowledge and Common Sense Knowledge.
The statement that Jesus is the Son of God is part of the Religious Knowledge in the Christian tradition, while the statement that Jesus was a prophet, not the Son of God, is part of the Religious Knowledge in the Islamic tradition.
The statement that stubbing one's toe is more painful than a pinprick on one’s finger, or that the Sun rises in the East and sets in the West, is part of our Common Sense Knowledge.
In this talk, Prof. K P Mohanan will explore the norms of Academic Knowledge, in order to shed light on some elements of Common Sense Knowledge that are part of some disciplines taught as Academic Knowledge in institutions of Higher Education.

Speaker: Prof K. P. Mohan
Date: Sunday, 15th August
Timing: 4:00 PM
Meeting ID: 822 4129 5479
Password: mimamsa

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August 22nd


The credentials of the speakers and the provocative topic truly speak for themselves in promoting this event. We have Prof. Satyajit Rath and Prof. K.P. Mohanan for the Panel discussion having a discussion on the topic of :
Two Secular Theories of Biological Evolution:
Darwin's Theory and the Intelligent Design Theory:
Potential Scientific Theories or Pseudo-sciences?
A Conversation

Date: Sunday, 22nd August
Timing: 4:00 PM

Zoom Id: 891 3203 3622
Password: 840838

Speakers: Prof K. P. Mohan & Prof Satyajit Rath
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August 29th


The topic for this year's panel discussion is The interplay of rigour, abstraction, and intuition in Mathematics.
There are various aspects to what a mathematician does.
Most undergraduates studying mathematics are probably familiar with proving within a theory.
Given a conjecture, a rigorous proof converts it into a theorem. What is missing in most undergraduate mathematics education is an appreciation of the different kinds of creativity within mathematics.
Proofs themselves involve discovery. Coming up with an interesting proof requires us to put together various ideas, theorems, and tools, maybe even from different mathematical theories.
Conjecturing is also an art. There is an infinite number of possible conjectures we could come up with, but interesting conjectures are rare and need to be found using intuition, insight, and imagination.
However, the creativity involved in conjecturing and proving gives us only a narrow view of creativity in mathematics.
Coming up with new theories, as well as new mathematical worlds with their own objects, axioms and definitions is a rarely discussed aspect of mathematical thinking. This discussion will focus on the role of rigor, intuition, insight, and imagination in creating new mathematics. It will also touch upon how mathematicians acquire these abilities.

Date: Sunday, 29nd August
Timing: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Zoom Id: 837 2923 0055
Password: 705116

Moderator: Madhav Kaushish
Speakers: Prof R Ramanujam, Dr Purvi Gupta, Prof Siddhartha Gadgil & Dr. Neeraja Sahasrabudhe
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