13 April 2009
Mayank Vahia (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai)
"Archaeo-Astronomy in Indian context"
Astronomy is the oldest science that begins with the man's desire to
understand seasons and its relation to heavens. With increasing
understanding of the environment and better studies of the skies, this
knowledge becomes more sophisticated. This rise in understanding runs
parallel to the general intellectual growth of a civilisation. Hence
understanding the growth of astronomy in a civilisation provides an
independent window to the intellectual growth of a civilisation and
reveals subtle patterns in its growth that are otherwise not
discernible. Taking the backdrop of Indian civilisation from
prehistoric period, we will see how such a study provides some
interesting insights into our past.
Professor Vahia is known for his work in Cosmic Rays and High Energy
Asrophysics. He has participated in several space missions flown by
the Indian Space Research Organization. He is presently involved in
India's largest X-ray/UV mission ASTROSAT (expected to be launched in
Prefessor Vahia can be found in Cahill 235 on Monday and Tuesday,
April 13 and 14.