Dr. Shankar Ghosh is an experimental physicist. He is best described as ...
Shankar Ghosh in conversation with Sameera Iyengar
“I worry about patterns,” says Shankar Ghosh. “Some patterns are easy to appreciate – stripes, dots, etc. Others are not so easy to understand and appreciate – they need some amount of data analysis.”
The not-so-easy patterns that Shankar alludes to are those coming out of natural processes, seemingly chaotic in nature, yet with some kind of an organisation. As Lord Polonius says in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “Though this be madness, yet there is method in ‘t.” Patterns act as signatures to natural events and processes – they enable the scientist to predict events.
Join us in welcoming physicist Shankar Ghosh to Mumbai Local, to take us through a magical journey from understanding self-organising natural systems to trying to develop machines that can self-assemble. His science brings together learnings and discoveries in multiple fields – thermodynamics, math, robotics, – to try and come up with self-organisation that has functionality. His driving question – what can we learn from the organisation coming of out chaos in nature, and how can we apply that for our own purposes?
Session curated by Arnab Bhattacharya
RSVP for this session opens on Monday, 2nd March, 2020
Dr. Shankar Ghosh is an experimental physicist. He is best described as a generalist whose research is inspired by interesting and non-intuitive phenomena that we come across in everyday settings. He extracts questions of basic and general nature from them and designs experimental methods to find precise answers. He completed his MSc in Physics from JNU in 1999 and received his Ph.D. from IISc Bangalore in 2005. Since then he has been at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.
Sameera Iyengar is co-founder of Junoon, an organisation that aims to make theatre/arts an integral and powerful part of our everyday lives. In Junoon, she plays a key role in conceptualising and developing Junoon's programmes and capacity building efforts, as well as building the organisation. She is also currently Course Director of SMART (Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre), a unique course designed specifically for theatre groups in India, and offered under the aegis of the India Theatre Forum (ITF). Sameera was also a founding member of the ITF in 2006, and remained a core member till 2014. As part of her ITF contribution, she co-edited Our Stage:The Pleasures and Perils of Theatre Practice in India Today (Tulika 2009). Previous to Junoon, Sameera was Director Projects at Prithvi Theatre for close to a decade, and has also worked with the Seagull Theatre Quarterly. She has a PhD on theatre from the Department of South Asian Languages & Civilisations at the University of Chicago. She was bitten by the theatre bug however during her undergraduate years at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), from where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BSc in Mathematics and a Minor in Theatre. Sameera believes that theatre and the arts open doors to imagination, understanding and living life with fullness, curiosity, empathy and sheer joy. She delights in sharing this experience and possibility with all people.