About the author
Professor C. K. Raju holds a BSc (Hons) in physics, an MSc in mathematics from Mumbai, followed by a PhD from the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.
He initially taught and researched in formal mathematics (analysis, functional analysis, Schwartz distributions) and its application to general relativity and quantum field theory for several years. Later he joined C-DAC to play a key role in building the first Indian supercomputer Param. He was responsible for porting applications of national importance (space, oil, etc.), and that experience led him to abandon formal mathematics.
In Time: Towards a Consistent Theory (Kluwer Academic, Dordrecht, 1994) he pointed out that existing physics must use functional differential equations, with a tilt in the arrow of time, and this nearly explains quantum mechanics. In the Eleven Pictures of Time (Sage, 2003) he proposed a new way to relate science and religion through time.
In Cultural Foundations of Mathematics (Pearson Longman, 2007) he proposed a new philosophy of math, called zeroism, and compiled evidence for the origin and development of calculus in India and its transmission to Europe. His shorter books include Is Science Western in Origin? (Multiversity 2010), Ending Academic Imperialism (Citizens International, 2011) and Euclid and Jesus (Multiversity, 2012).
His books have been highly praised, and his several articles have also drawn high praise from both referees and readers.
Over the last decade, as part of the Multiversity movement, he has developed and taught several decolonised courses including on calculus, geometry, statistics, and also the history and philosophy of science. Accounts of this can be found in videos of various lectures, expository and popular level articles, media reports, press coverage, and his blog,
He has long been a Professor in various departments, including, mathematics, and also humanities in universities in India and abroad. He headed the largest computer science department in India with over 38000 students. He is an Honorary Professor (Indian Institute of Education), and an Emeritus Professor (SGT University), and was a Tagore Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. Earlier, too, he was a Fellow at IIAS and on the editorial board of the Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research.
He has lectured on six continents, ranging from prominent universities and institutes such as MIT, ICMC Brazil, Cape Town, UNISA, Durban, Auckland, Australian National University, National University of Singapore, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Indian Institute of Science, TIFR, Max Planck Institutes, Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Amsterdam, Lyon, ICTP, Trieste, Tehran, Bethelehem, Beirut, to Soweto, and refugee camps in Palestine, and remote village schools in India. He interacts with non-academics as in his conversations with the Dalai Lama, or with artists at a music festival in Berlin.
He has received numerous honours and awards, including the TGA award in Hungary in 2010, for correcting Einstein’s mistake, Fellowship of the Institute of Complex Thought, Lima, Bharatiya Dharohar Award, MP Ratna, etc.