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Kaapi with Kuriosity
Supurna Sinha (Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru)
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Sunday, 24 April 2022
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru


The European renaissance saw the merging of mathematics and art in the context of representation of a three dimensional perspective on a canvas. Artists like Leonardo da Vinci, D¨urer, Botticelli, Raphael and others and mathematicians like Pascal, Poncelet, Desargues, and others contributed to this development. The mathematics that emerged from such a convergence is Projective Geometry. In fact, there were precursors to some of the developments in Projective Geometry which I will discuss. I will introduce the basic notions that appear in this geometry. This geometry is in fact more fundamental compared to other geometries like Euclidean Geometry and Riemannian Geometry which are more widely known. The mathematical notions will be concretised in the context of art. To summarise, this talk will shed light on the merging of these two disparate streams - math and art, which happened during the European renaissance.

About the Speaker:

Supurna Sinha did a BSc. in Physics at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She completed her Masters at the Physics Department, Syracuse University, where she did her PhD. in the area of Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics of Glass forming mixtures with M. C. Marchetti. Currently she is a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Raman Research Institute. Her areas of research are Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics and Quantum Information. She has applied Statistical Mechanics to the context of Soft Matter and studied DNA elasticity and active particle dynamics. Her work in the area of Quantum Brownian motion has led to predictions testable in ultra cold atom labs. She also has a passionate interest in science popularisation and enjoys doing art in her leisure time.