Harish Chandra Lecture Series :
1. First Lecture of the Series:
First Lecture was delivered by Prof. Mahan Mj on January 28th, 2019.
Topic: "What is hyperbolic geometry? "
Abstract: We shall indicate a solution to a problem posed by Euclid: Prove or disprove the parallel postulate assuming only the first 4 axioms of Euclidean geometry. The solution leads to a new geometry called hyperbolic geometry. We shall only assume some familiarity with calculus.
About the Speaker: Mahan Mj is an Indian mathematician and monk of the Ramakrishna Order. He is currently Professor of Mathematics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai. He is best known for his work in hyperbolic geometry, geometric group theory, low-dimensional topology and complex geometry. He is a recipient of the 2011 Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in Mathematical Sciences and the Infosys Prize for Mathematical Sciences in 2015. He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2018 in the geometry section.
Mahan Mj studied at St. Xavier's Collegiate School, Calcutta, till Class XII. He then entered the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, with AIR 67 in the Joint Entrance Examination, where he initially chose to study Electrical Engineering but later switched to Mathematics. He graduated with a Masters in Mathematics from IIT Kanpur in 1992. Mahan Mitra joined the Ph.D. program in mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, with Andrew Casson as his advisor.
2. Second Lecture of the Series:
The second Lecture will be announced soon.