The Evolution of Science and Rationalism


As a species of intelligence, humans have achieved great height. Science is one of them. Right from adapting to the continuosly changing environments to making the first stone tools, from discovering the new elements of universe to creating computers, everything has an element of science and rationalism. Rationalism is anything that is validated by an objective experiment with a factor of reality.
These lectures highlight the important landmarks in the field of science which shaped human history.

1. Evolution of brain, mind, early discoveries and inventions.
2. Cultural influence on evolution of science.
3. Science: today and tomorrow.
4. False claims of the past and how to judge them.

About the Speakers:
Prof. 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 Ph D 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 ArchaeoAstronomy, and has done some path breaking research in the field.

Science, Technology and Society
Specific Impact of Modern Science
The Culture of Science
Evolution of Human Understanding of Nature

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Duration: 6 hours
Lectures: 4
Video: 1.5 hours
Level: Beginner


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