The frontiers of knowledge, especially of Science are moving at an accelerated pace and while a bright young mind may be excited by all the new developments, the School curriculum does not often promote this excitement. In Physics for example, at the School level there is little appreciation of quantum, relativistic, nuclear, particle and interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary physics. These topics are covered at the end of an undergraduate Physics course or in a program for post graduate Physics students. This need not be so now, in the 3rd decade of the 21st century. The fact is that much of contemporary Physics can be learnt by almost everyone with an intense desire and a good Internet connection. These weekend learning explorations guided by Prof MM Pant take the learner through an exciting tour of quantum physics, relativity, modern particle physics and its history. Comprising a number of fascinating topics, of which some have been the subject of recent Nobel Prizes. They have been structured as weekend learning events. This “road less travelled” in the spirit of Robert Frost is created out of the joy of Physics; it is not designed to produce problem-solving ability to crack the IIT-JEE but rather is designed to reveal some beauty and joy of Physics.
It is not only in intellectual terms that you could be losing by not being up to date with modern developments, but in real dollar terms, the Google team lost $100 billion because of being unaware of the JWST ( https://www.space.com/james-webb-space-telescope-google-100-billion). Our weekend topic for the first weekend in Contemporary Physics is therefore the James Webb Space Telescope.
March 11th and 12th: Contemporary Physics: The James Webb Space Telescope ( JWST)
Saturday 11th March 2023: From Galileo’s telescope to the JWST
Sunday 12th March 2023: Discoveries from the JWST: the map of Physics
Some of the topics to be explored during future weekends: Symmetry in Physics, key Quantum concepts, spin,
Quantum Entanglement, Superconductivity: the phenomenon and its applications, The standard model in Physics, Complexity, Complex adaptive systems, Special Theory of Relativity, General theory of Relativity, Frontiers of Physics
By way of follow up on this Contemporary Physics, similar weekend courses are also being developed for Contemporary Mathematics and Contemporary Biology.
The fee for this weekend course is Rs 1000/- and can be easily remitted through PayTM to MM Pant ( mobile number : +919810073724).
* For those who would rather pay into a Bank account, the relevant information is :
* Madan Mohan Pant
* HDFC Bank, Unitech Cyber Park, Sector 39, Gurgaon
* (The account number is 26451 followed by six zeroes followed by 301)
To know more, please send a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at +919810073724