Kaapi with Kuriosity is a monthly public lecture series organised by the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS-TIFR), in collaboration with the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium and other educational institutions in Bengaluru.

The aim of the talks in this series is to stimulate the curiosity of the public towards the myriad aspects of science. The setting for these talks will be informal with a lot of scope for open discussions. The scientific background assumed will not be beyond the school level. As such, they are easily accessible to school/college students, families and working professionals interested in science.

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Upcoming Talks
Jens Marklof (University of Bristol, UK)
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Sunday, 11 December 2022
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru
Abstract: We live in a chaotic world: from weather forecasts and natural disasters to political developments, it seems often impossible to even make the most basic predictions. In this lecture I will discuss one of the most fundamental mathematical principles behind such unpredictability: the...more
Past Talks
Swapan Chattopadhyay (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, USA)
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Sunday, 27 November 2022
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru
Abstract: We will take an adventure ride on beams of charged particles and light --- from their birth at a source and then eventually racing at the speed of light, gaining energy and packing information along the way and finally directing its energy and information into the heart of physical and...more
Shishir N. Y. Kolathaya (Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru)
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Sunday, 30 October 2022
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru
Abstract: In the 1870’s Leland Stanford, then governor of California, commissioned Eadweard Muybridge to find out whether or not a trotting horse left the ground with all four feet at the same time. Muybridge went on to document the walking and running behavior of over 40 mammals. In 1893 Lewis A...more
Sarita Vig (Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram)
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Sunday, 11 September 2022
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru
Abstract: We are all aware that our Galaxy, the Milky Way is a spiral galaxy. Where are we (Earth and our Sun) amongst the hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy? I will touch upon the aspects that have led us to our current understanding of the Milky Way. Measurements of stars and nebulae...more
Parthanil Roy (Indian Statistical Institute, Bengaluru)
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Sunday, 28 August 2022
Jawaharlal Nehru Planatarium, Bengaluru
This event is part of the Iconic Week Celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav of the DAE Abstract: According to Wikipedia, simulation refers to "imitation of the operation of a real-world process or system over time." With increasing importance of data-science, efficient simulation algorithms have...more
Sanjukta Roy (Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru)
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Sunday, 31 July 2022
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru
Abstract: In this talk, I will describe how atoms are cooled down to temperatures near absolute zero to realise a Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC), the coldest matter in the universe, also known as the ‘fifth state of matter’. At such low temperatures, a billion times colder than the interstellar...more
Vijay Thiruvady (Bangalore Environment Trust)
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Sunday, 26 June 2022
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru
Abstract: The oldest extant greenery is found in the Nallur Amaroy Thopu which is a Devarakadu (sacred grove) planted around 1000 A.D near Devannahalli. I will conveniently commence my talk by elaborating on this Devarakadu set up in the time of the Cholas. Subsequently, in Gundutopus (village wood...more
M K Mathew (NCBS, Bengaluru)
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Sunday, 08 May 2022
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru (If there are no covid restrictions)
Abstract: Salt and Drought have limited crop productivity for millennia. Over the last 12,000 years, humankind has developed varieties of crop plants that are well adapted to their surroundings and climate. Some of these areas are subject to drought or salinity. Physiologists are trying to figure...more
Supurna Sinha (Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru)
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Sunday, 24 April 2022
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru
Abstract: The European renaissance saw the merging of mathematics and art in the context of representation of a three dimensional perspective on a canvas. Artists like Leonardo da Vinci, D¨urer, Botticelli, Raphael and others and mathematicians like Pascal, Poncelet, Desargues, and others...more
Mahuya Datta (Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata)
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Sunday, 27 March 2022
Zoom meeting and Livestream on ICTS YouTube channel
Abstract: Tiling is a way of arranging plane shapes so that they completely cover an area without overlapping. They are very common in our everyday life - we see them on floors, on walkways and also in brick works. Tilings can also be seen in nature. They have also appeared in various artworks...more
Varun Bhalerao (IIT Bombay)
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm Monday, 28 February 2022
Zoom meeting and Livestream on ICTS YouTube channel
Abstract: The universe is a dynamic, wild and wonderful place, replete with exotic objects. Massive stars that have lived for millions of years end their lives in supernovae explosions lasting just weeks. Neutron stars that have orbited each other for billions of years merge together in seconds,...more

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