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Harish Chandra Lecture Series

First Lecture of the series:

Prof. Mahan Mj will deliver a lecture on January 28th, 2019.

Topic: "What is hyperbolic geometry? "

Venue & Time : Bose Auditorium, 5:00 pm

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 2015He 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. 

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.


Upcoming Visitors

  1. Prof. Fernando M. P. da Costa from the University of Aberta and IST, Lisbon, Portugal during January 13-25, 2019. During his stay, he will be delivering a series of lectures on the following topics: (a) Bifurcations in Liquid Crystal Cells, (b) Rates of convergence to similarity profiles in a deposition model, (c) An introduction to weak convergence techniques in coagulation equations.  
  2. Prof. Youcef Mammari from Université de Picardie Jules Verne, LAMFA CNRS, Amiens, France during January 13-16, 2019. He will be delivering a lecture on "The BBM equation with stochastic dispersion".
  3. Prof. Nabil Bedjaoui from Université de Picardie Jules Verne, LAMFA CNRS, Amiens, France during January 13-16, 2019During his stay, he will give a lecture on "Non classical shocks generated by travelling waves"
  4. Prof. Marilia Pires from University of Evora, Portugal  during January 13-16, 2019. She will deliver a lecture on "Short course on numerical methods for PDEs: An Introduction to Freefem++".
  5. Prof. G. K. Srinivasan, Department of Mathematics, I.I.T. Bombay during January 21-26, 2019. As a part of his visit, he will be delivering a series of lectures on "Introduction to Several Complex Variables".