Astronomy Vs. Astrology
About the Session:
Astronomy is a science that studies everything outside of the earth’s atmosphere, such as planets, stars, asteroids and galaxies. It is based on research and observation. Astrology, on the other hand, is the belief that the positioning of the stars and planets affect the way events occur on earth and in one’s life. Join us to know more about the difference between Astronomy and Astrology.
About the speaker:
Prof. Dr. Mayank Vahia is the Dean of The School of Mathematical Sciences, NMIMS, Vile Parle, which has introduced new ideas about mathematics education at undergraduate level. Prof. Vahia, who has a PhD in Astronomy and Physics, retired from the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in October 2018. At TIFR, he worked on space-based telescopes that were flown on NASA’ Space Shuttle, one Russian satellite and several Indian satellites. Later he pursued his interests in the history of astronomy and science in ancient civilisations. All through his career he was keen on student training and initiated the Astronomy Olympiad programme in India which has not only created and cultivated interest in astronomy in young students but the Indian teams have performed very well in international events. After his retirement he has taken up the responsibility of setting up an innovative undergraduate programme in Mathematical Sciences at the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai. For the past several years he has been working in the discipline of Archaeo Astronomy, and has done some path breaking research in the field.