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C. K. Raju holds an honours degree in physics, and a masters in mathematics from Mumbai. After a Ph.D. from the Indian  Statistical Institute, he taught in both  mathematics and statistics departments of the University of Poona for several years (1981–88), before playing a key role in building the first Indian supercomputer Param (1988–95).

He has proposed a new type of (functional differential) equations for physics, using  a “tilt” in the arrow of time, in Time: Towards  a Consistent Theory  (Kluwer Academic: 1994,  Fundamental Theories of Physics, vol. 65). He  has articulated a radical new philosophy of  mathematics in Cultural Foundations of  Mathematics (PHISPC and Pearson, 2007), together with a new history of  the transmission of the “infinitesimal”  calculus from India to Europe, and the accompanying  epistemological difficulties. In The Eleven Pictures of Time (Sage, 2003) he explained how the science-religion relationship is mediated through time perceptions, how time perceptions were modified to suit the politics of  the “clash of civilizations”, and how a new perception of time leads also to a new ethic.

He has been a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (1991–93), the National Institute  for Science Technology and Development Studies  (1995–98), and an Affiliated Fellow of the Nehru  Memorial Museum and Library, where he  coordinated a project of the Indian National  Science Academy (1998–2001). He has been on the  editorial board of the Journal of Indian Council  of Philosophical Research and is an Editorial  Fellow of the Project of History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilizations (1999–). For the past several years (since 2000) he  worked as a Professor of Computer Science, has  taught computer courses on television, and has  authored software for educational and industrial  use. Three of his lecture notes on computer programming are to be published by  Universities Press. His current research interests include the time/logic interface in quantum computing. He is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in Asia, etc. He is married to an economist, and has two  children—the elder one is currently pursuing a  Ph.D. in physics at Harvard.

P. A. M. Dirac: “Mr Raju has shown that he has great initiative and has worked extremely hard.”
Paul Davies
(Templeton Award, 1995): “...shows great imagination and promise...”
Karl Popper: “I found your critical remarks...very good.”
Jagdish Mehra (Unesco Distinguished Professor, and Feynman’s biographer): “Dr Raju is full of brilliant ideas, a number of them most original…. It is my conviction that Dr Raju has decidedly within him certain  elements of genius.”
A. W. Joshi
(Editor, Physics Education): “It is fantastic...You are now rising to the level of Bohr and Pauli and others.”
Referee report: “I enjoyed its grace and delightful wit...The author, through both this paper and his more recent book, displays an excellent command of the subject matter.”

Time: Towards a Consistent Theory
Referee report: “the book might be truly brilliant....the custom since Socrates has been for brilliant philosophical critics to tack weak positive conclusions to their analyses.”
A. N. Mitra (INSA, Albert Einstein Professor): “Altogether a delightful book.”
J. F. Woodward: “It is a book that I hope you will enjoy reading as much as I did... an important book that you will certainly want to read if you are interested in the problem of time

The Eleven Pictures of Time
Arun Ghosh
(Member, Planning Commission): “Magnificent...a true magnum opus, a tremendously important piece of work...a truly revolutionary book (not merely a good book)...”
Kapila Vatsyayana (Member, Unesco Executive board): “masterly command of primary sources and a delightful sense of wit and humour...Brilliant, thought provoking and singular…
Don Miller: “Future debate ought to begin here.”

Cultural Foundations of Mathematics
Ubiratan D’Ambrosio (Felix Klein Medal, 2005): “I enjoyed very much the book...among the best treatments of the history and philosophy of mathematics.”

 

 

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