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.
M. Dirac: “Mr Raju has shown that he has great initiative and has worked
Towards a Consistent Theory
Eleven Pictures of Time
Cultural Foundations of Mathematics
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