Kaapi with Kuriosity is a monthly public lecture series organised by the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS-TIFR), in collaboration with the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium and other educational institutions in Bengaluru.

The aim of the talks in this series is to stimulate the curiosity of the public towards the myriad aspects of science. The setting for these talks will be informal with a lot of scope for open discussions. The scientific background assumed will not be beyond the school level. As such, they are easily accessible to school/college students, families and working professionals interested in science.

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Upcoming Talks
François R. Bouchet (lnstitut d'Astrophysique de Paris, France)
4pm to 6pm Sunday, 20 January 2019
J. N. Planetarium, Sri T. Chowdaiah Road, High Grounds, Bangalore
Dr. Bouchet will describe current astronomical observations that precisely constraint the nature of the Cosmos in which we live, leading to radical ideas for the origin of the structures within it. This touches on questions such as: How did the Universe originate? What is it made of? Why is it the...more
Past Talks
Deepak Dhar (Visiting Faculty, IISER Pune)
4pm to 6pm Sunday, 09 December 2018
J. N. Planetarium, Sri T. Chowdaiah Road, High Grounds, Bangalore
We have all read that matter exists in one of three different states: solid, liquid and the gaseous state. But what exactly is the difference between these states? Are there other states of matter possible? This talk will begin with these easy to pose questions, and I will try to show that a good...more
Roop Mallik (TIFR, Mumbai)
4pm to 5pm Sunday, 18 November 2018
J. N. Planetarium, Sri T. Chowdaiah Road, High Grounds, Bangalore
We are driven by molecules. Think of them as machines, so tiny that you cannot see them easily, even with the best microscopes. These “nano-machines” work away busily all the time inside your muscles, in your brain and every corner of your body. You need them to breathe, blink, talk, swat a...more
K. VijayRaghavan (Principal Scientific Adviser to the Govt. Of India)
4pm to 6pm Sunday, 14 October 2018
J. N. Planetarium, Sri T. Chowdaiah Road, High Grounds, Bangalore
Science is not only beautiful but is also the fulcrum on which the strong crowbar of national missions, security, and our very future can rest, allowing modest investment to lift huge loads. This fulcrum must be strong and correctly placed. Today, it is poorly positioned and not strong enough...more
Tanvi Jain (Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi)
4pm to 6pm Sunday, 09 September 2018
J. N. Planetarium, Sri T. Chowdaiah Road, High Grounds, Bangalore
“From time immemorial, the infinite has stirred men's emotions more than any other question. Hardly any other idea has stimulated the mind so fruitfully. Yet, no other concept needs clarification more than it does.” - David Hilbert We shall try to understand the intriguing concept of the infinite...more
Arvind Gupta (Children’s Science Center, IUCAA - former)
4pm to 6pm Sunday, 19 August 2018
J. N. Planetarium, Sri T. Chowdaiah Road, High Grounds, Bangalore
Before children can understand anything, they need experience: seeing, touching, hearing, tasting, smelling, choosing, arranging, putting things together, taking things apart. Children need to experiment with real things available in their milieu. For close to 40 years Arvind Gupta has designed...more
Alexander Bobenko (Technical University of Berlin)
4pm to 6pm Sunday, 22 July 2018
J. N. Planetarium, Sri T. Chowdaiah Road, High Grounds, Bangalore
Discrete geometric structures (points, lines, triangles, rectangles, polygons, etc.) are ubiquitous in everyday life, ranging from visible sophisticated freeform structures in contemporary architecture to hidden geometric algorithms in computer generated imagery. On the other hand, discrete...more
Michael Berry (University of Bristol, UK)
4pm to 6pm Sunday, 10 June 2018
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru
Connections between physics and technological invention and aspects of human life that seem far from science are both unexpected and unexpectedly common. And rather than flowing one way - from physics to gadgets - the connections form an intricate web, linking all aspects of human culture, in...more
Joseph Samuel (Raman Research Institute, Bangalore)
4pm to 6pm Sunday, 27 May 2018
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru
This talk will describe the ways in which the idea of a black hole has affected the conceptual foundations of theoretical physics. The talk will be pitched at an elementary level and is addressed mainly to members of the general public and school students. No equations will be used, except for the...more
Zorana Zeravcic (ESPCI Paris, France)
4pm to 6pm Sunday, 22 April 2018
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru
Living organisms have amazing capabilities: they move and react, eat and digest, reproduce and heal, sense and communicate, and also evolve. All of these characteristics emerge from interactions within a rather small set of molecular building blocks such as water and sugars. In this talk we will...more
Shannon Olsson (National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), TIFR)
4pm to 6pm Sunday, 25 March 2018
J. N. Planetarium, Sri T. Chowdaiah Road, High Grounds, Bangalore
One of the most fundamental questions in our pursuit to understand our living world is how new species come to be, creating the vast biodiversity that exists on our planet. Here, I will tell the story of how scientists across continents and disciplines have tracked this question over 150 years for...more

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