Archive for May, 2008

Functional Differential Equations in Biology

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

(Abstract of my talk at JNU School of Life Sciences, yesterday 12 May 2008, 3.30 p.m.)

Currently, molecular dynamics uses ordinary differential equations. I explain why functional differential equations are better suited to biology, (more…)

Daya Krishna, Ramu Gandhi, and the Harmony Principle

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

The late Daya Krishna, aptly described as a Socratic gadfly, was one of the pillars of philosophy in India, and a great believer in samvad or dialogue The late Ramu Gandhi, a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, was perhaps best known for his lifelong explorations into the notion of self, for his pithy one-liners, and for the chair he occupied at the India International Centre. (more…)

Buddhist mathematics on Ambedkar jayanti

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Subject: Buddhist mathematics on Ambedkar jayanti
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2008 07:57:48 +0000

religious and political considerations have penetrated the content of mathematics and science. I pointed out the cultural dependence of logic—that Buddhist and Jain logics are not 2-valued…What kind of mathematics, science and technology would result from different (and more equitable) cultural premises, such as those of Buddhism?

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SSV website on Atiyah-Raju case

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Subject: SSV website on Atiyah-Raju case
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 12:39:14+0000

The Society for Scientific Values has now placed the following on its website.
 
http://www.scientificvalues.org/cases.html ;
2007 case, number 2.
 
"Atiyah-Raju Case: Prof C.K. Raju charged Prof Michel Atiyah, former President of the Royal Society, UK, of plagiarizing or claiming inappropriate credit to some of his previously published ideas. After ascertaining from 3 independent experts that the complaint is valid, SSV contacted Dr. Atiyah for his views. (more…)

Ethics of Science: NISTADS & TERI Workshop on Science Society Interface in Emerging Technologies

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Why is the ethics of science important? And why does talk of ethics so rarely translate into action? (more…)

14th March: World Plagiarism Day

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Subject: 14th March: World Plagiarism Day
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2008 08:52:53 +0000

Best wishes to all!
 
CKR

Review of Cultural Foundations of Mathematics

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

The review of Cultural Foundations of Mathematics which appeared in The Hindu   on 12 Feb.

http://www.thehindu.com/br/2008/02/12/stories/2008021250101700.htm

Aryabhata and Ptolemy

Monday, May 5th, 2008

How does Aryabhata’s value of pi compare with Ptolemy’s? (more…)