School Workshop in collaboration with IIT Patna and Asian Physics Olympiad Cell, New Delhi
Eligibility: Class IX and X
Date: 16th and 17th January 2019
Venue: Gyanodaya Gurukul School
“It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are,If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it is wrong.”
“What I cannot create I do not understand”
POLLEX -T III : School/ Junior College Workshop to Promote Excellence in theory and experiment on Feynman-Saha Centenary celebration
About POLLEX T-III
POLLEX -T III is a Two Day Comprehensive workshop program to nurture excellence in science, both in theory and experiment among school and junior College students. This is the first talent nurturing being hosted in the Bihar & Jharkhand area. There are many programs which purport to carry this out but POLLEX-T III is unique and stands apart. It lays emphasis on experimental training without which there is no meaning to the national initiative of "Make in India " or "Skill India "slogans . Resource persons will be drawn from IIT Patna and the prestigious Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO-IAPT ) cell of Delhi and Mumbai. It is ideally positioned to provide state of the art hands on training to our younger generation. POLLEX means "thumb" and it is the evolution of the thumb which complements the four fingers and bestows on humans tool handling abilities, similarly POLLEX-T III strives to provide cutting edge experimental training and to harmonise it with the theory theory. The perspective of synchronising theory with experiment alone will provide solutions to the enormous challenges confronting the nation in the 21st century.
This workshop is a unique initiative to promote skills, hands-on-activity and excellence in theory and experiment among young scholars. The workshop includes hands-on training on experiments and detailed theoretical discussions in allied areas. There will be three experimental and two theory sessions each of approximately three hours. In addition, there will be a diagnostic session where student participants would be assessed and feedback provided to the parents. To be scheduled on Jan 16th and 17th , 2019 in collaboration with IAPT APho Cell, IIT Patna & Gyanodaya Gurukul, Patna.
There will be a popular talk cum Question-Answer session to provide career counselling and updating information about the national and international competitive exams at the pre-university level. Parents and teachers are encouraged to attend this without any any cost or fee. This session is aimed to update and aware students, parents as well as teachers to incorporate the common misconceptions in sciences and techniques for proper talent nurturing in science for meritorious students and their career counselling.
We have planned to unveil some novel experiments of International standard in this program which are specially designed to groom talented students. The workshop will highlight the relevance of two great scientists: the brilliant theorist Richard Feynman (1918 -1988) whose birth centenary falls this year and the theorist and outstanding experimentalist Meghnad Saha (1883 – 1956) whose 125th anniversary is being celebrated this year. Prof. Saha was both a theorist and an outstanding experimentalist.
“Experimental work is the Achilles heel of Indian science”. Of late, the Indian education space is rapidly changing: there are new school systems (E.g., IB & IGCSE) and new ways of teaching recommended for the older systems like CBSE. The science curricula of these systems lay heavy emphasis on experiment based learning. Additionally there is a dearth of work force in the skill sector, which needs to be urgently filled by young scientists and technologists. An appropriate procedural knowledge of experiments is a sine-qua-non for the success of our scientific community. This workshop strives to meet these expectations.
The workshop will provide unparalleled expertise and state of the art instruments, which are as good as those in the advanced nations. The experts are from IITs and leading educational institutions in India. They have been leaders in International Olympiads. The equipments are those used to train and test Olympiad level students from across the world. They have been specially designed to train science students at the High school and Intermediate level.
M. N. Saha
Born on 6 October 1893, Meghnad Saha was an Indian astrophysicist known for his theory of thermal ionization. Because his family was poor and belonged to the lowest tier of the Indian caste system, Saha had to earn merit scholarships to attend school and faced discrimination, particularly while a student at Presidency College at the University of Calcutta. While at college, Saha became involved with India’s revolutionary movement, which sought independence from Britain. Pursuing his physics studies was made even more difficult by the advent of World War I, which impeded the flow of scientific literature from Europe. Nevertheless, Saha completed his doctorate in physics in 1919. In the early 1920s Saha traveled to Europe, where he visited several scientific laboratories, including Alfred Fowler’s at Imperial College London and Walther Nernst’s in Berlin. After returning to India, Saha became a professor of physics at the University of Allahabad in 1923, was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1927, and joined the University of Calcutta in 1938, where he worked to create the institute of nuclear physics that is now named in his honor. Saha’s physics legacy was sealed with his development in the early 1920s of the Saha ionisation equation, which relates the spectra of stars to their temperature and other physical and chemical conditions. The equation, which has become one of the most important tools in astrophysics, earned Saha multiple Nobel Prize nominations. In 1952 he was elected to India’s parliament. He died in 1956 at age 62.
Saha ionisation formula in statistical physics which is named after him has found extensive use in astrophysics in determining the state of ionisation of the constituents of stars from their spectra. He was the founder of the Institute of Nuclear Physics in Kolkata which was later named after him. He was also the founder president of the National Academy of Sciences,India.
Richard P. Feynmann
R P Feynman : The Curious Character Who Mastered Thinking and Physics
Richard Feynman (1918-1988) was one of the great scientists and physicists of our time, truly one of the great minds of humanity. Below, we collect much of his wisdom in one place. He made his mark as an original genius, starting with his work on the Manhattan Project in his early twenties, through winning a Nobel Prize for his work in developing an understanding of quantum mechanics, and finally as a much-loved professor of undergraduate physics at Caltech.
His lectures continue to be available in many places, providing a deep, fundamental, intuitive way to understand physics.
The Feynman method of thought was developed by a man who refused conventional wisdom at all turns and who sought to build his mental computer from the ground up, starting with an understanding of mathematics at a very young age. Feynman’s early notebooks are records of him deriving algebra, calculus, trigonometry, and various higher maths on his own, with original results and notation.
This was how Feynman approached all knowledge: What can I know for sure, and how can I come to know it? It resulted in his famous quote, “You must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” Feynman believed it and practiced it in all of his intellectual work.
When Feynman faces a problem, he’s unusually good at going back to being like a child, ignoring what everyone else thinks… He was so unstuck — if something didn’t work, he’d look at it another way.
Of course, Feynman was also famous for another reason: his practical jokes and his jovial, interesting public personality, revealed in stories and books like the famous collection of anecdotes Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman. Feynman was a ballbuster from an early age, telling stories of picking safes at the Manhattan Project and playing the bongos in Brazil, breaking the image of the buttoned-up physics professor.
What we take from Feynman is an absolute, unvarying pursuit of rationality and truth. Feynman would rather admit that he didn’t know something than believe in false knowledge.
Feynman was never one to settle for knowing the description of things or the accepted truths of things. Instead, he really wanted to know, and it was that burning curiosity that led him to his greatest work. Feynman was human, at times all too human, but his mind was devoted to figuring out reality the way it was.
Some of Feynman's famous Quotes include :
“You can know the name of that bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird. You’ll only know about humans in different places, and what they call the bird… I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.”
“It doesn’t seem to me that this fantastically marvellous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil — which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama.”
“The worthwhile problems are the ones you can really solve or help solve, the ones you can really contribute something to… No problem is too small or too trivial if we can really do something about it.”
Students of std IX to XII from all schools/ colleges are requested to register through our website link www.gyanodayagurukul.org/POLLEX. Opening from Dec 15th , 2018.
The registration fee for the program is INR 750/ per participant which will cover the lunch, snack ( for the two days of the workshop ), participation certificates & stationery kit.