Sagar Shrivastava

Sagar Shrivastava was born and raised in Jabalpur (M.P.) and did his schooling in Christ Church Boys' Sen. Sec. School. Since...

The Heady Addiction of Origami and Mathematics

"Maths is like poetry for me," says Sagar Shrivastava disarmingly, as he explains how delving into the world of mathematics is like uncovering layers and layers of meaning. "It evokes feelings."

Mathematics is one of those subjects many of us are in awe of, and yet averse to. Subjected to all kinds of mind-boggling theorems and calculations through our school years, mathematics has made many of us feel fuzzy and often stupid - not a nice feeling at all! A small number of us were lucky enough to have a natural bent or to study under a gifted teacher - we got a glimpse of that universe of beauty, and have been in love every since. The question is, can we all get a glimpse of that beauty? Why not?

We are delighted to invite Sagar Shrivastava - An aspiring Mathematician - to Mumbai Local, to share with us the beauty he sees in mathematics. A number theorist (he says mathematicians should not be allowed to name things, as the only numbers in a Number Theory book are page numbers!), he explains that mathematicians do not seek physical applications of numbers. "We are concerned with all the possibilities, we are never looking for why something is useful." In his session, he will share with us his fascination with origami (he says he can fold any flower in 5 minutes), the connection between origami and mathematics, and the connection this has to the mathematics he does. He will also tell us how to become a millionaire as a mathematician!

Come open to being swept away by the playful joy of mathematics. Look forward to entering a world where possibility are endless and is to be found in the recognition of patterns and the connection of disparate, seemingly disconnected factors. Understand why many mathematicians call their subject an art, and not a science, though it is perhaps, convincingly both.

We look forward to seeing you at this Mumbai Local. Also, do help us spread the word by bringing your family/ friends along who would be interested in this session.

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Sagar Shrivastava was born and raised in Jabalpur (M.P.) and did his schooling in Christ Church Boys' Sen. Sec. School. Since a very young age (4-5 years old), Sagar had the aim to become a scientist, and that was his nick name at school too. He did his Integrated Masters from NISER( National Institute of Science Education and Research), Bhubaneshwar.

Initially Sagar used to think that he wanted to pursue a life in research in Physics, but at NISER, he realized that his passion is towards Mathematics. It was at NISER, that Sagar learnt most of what he knows about Origami.

As a science student, Sagar always used to feel that Mathematics is not as closely related to science as it is to arts, and the day when he understood more than what this statement conveys, he able to look at a good theorem in the same way as a person would look at a good poem.

Sagar is currently pursuing his PhD in Mathematics from School Of Mathematics. TIFR, Mumbai.

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