Shankar Ghosh in conversation with Sameera Iyengar

Dr. Shankar Ghosh is an experimental physicist. He is best described as ...

Method in the Madness: Learning from Nature

Shankar Ghosh in conversation with Sameera Iyengar

What do sailing against the wind down the Nile, crowd control at Mecca and phantom traffic jams in Peddar Road have in common?

Natural laws, patterns that underlie the seeming chaos of nature, explain these movements, and suggest the solutions to address them. Such patterns found in nature are the subject of scientist Shankar Ghosh’s curiosity. “I worry about patterns,” says he. “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 show a fascinating commonality across materials and processes. Disparate processes ranging from earthquakes to traffic jams show common underlying features. In the words of Lord Polonius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “Though this be madness, yet there is method in ‘t.” Understanding these patterns not only enable scientists to predict natural events (like earthquakes), they also enable them to intervene, tweak systems as it were, to create preferred outcomes (like contain diseases).

Join us in welcoming physicist Shankar Ghosh to Mumbai Local, to take us through the magical journey of patterns in nature and self-organising natural systems that always try to attain their critical states. See how a fascination with the everyday processes around us – peeling paint, objects sticking together – leads to scientific breakthroughs and real world applications.

Do join us on Saturday for a session that promises an exploration of fascinating patterns, surprising behaviour (of objects and cities!), cool experiments, and cooler applications.

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.

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