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Vinod Wadhawan
Worked at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai
Attended University of Delhi
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ECONOMICS AND POLITICS
(It
is election time in India, and this article has been written in that local
context.) There
are all types of ‘sciences’. Physics and chemistry are the ‘hard’ sciences,
wherein it is possible to state laws (the laws of Nature) with a high degree of
clarit...
(It is election time in India, and this article has been written in that local context.) There are all types of ‘sciences’. Physics and chemistry are the ‘hard’ sciences, wherein it is possible to state laws (the laws of N...
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126. Kurzweil's Pattern-Recognition Theory of Mind – 2
Let us
continue with where we left off in Part 125 . http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP13131 The nature of
data flowing into a pattern recognizer What does the
data for a pattern look like? Suppose the pattern is a face, an essentially
2-dimensi...
Let us continue with where we left off in Part 125. http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP13131 The nature of data flowing into a pattern recognizer What does the data for a pattern look like? Suppose t...
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124. Peering Into the Human Brain
As Ray Kurzweil (2005) keeps emphasizing, the law of accelerating
returns (LOAR) is always operative in the evolution of all information based
technologies, resulting in their exponential growth (Moore's law is just one
example of that). Naturally, progress...
As Ray Kurzweil (2005) keeps emphasizing, the law of accelerating returns (LOAR) is always operative in the evolution of all information based technologies, resulting in their exponential growth (Moore's law is just one examp...
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122. Hawkins’ Model for Intelligence and Consciousness
Jeff Hawkins,
in his 2004 book On Intelligence , proposed the
so-called memory and prediction theory of how human intelligence arises. The basic idea of Hawkins’ theory of
intelligence, in his own words, is as follows: The
brain uses vast amounts of memory ...
Jeff Hawkins, in his 2004 book On Intelligence, proposed the so-called memory and prediction theory of how human intelligence arises. The basic idea of Hawkins’ theory of intelligence, in his own words, is as follows: The...
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120. Can We Make Decisions Without Involving Emotions?
"What sorts of ‘rules’ could possibly capture all of
what we think of as intelligent behaviour however? Certainly there must be
rules on all sorts of different levels. There must be many ‘just plain’ rules.
There must be ‘metarules’ to modify the ‘just plai...
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127. Understanding Natural Phenomena: Epilogue
It is time to
end this series of blog posts, which I have been writing under the label ' Understanding
Natural Phenomena '. A quick recap will be in order here. There are
three basic questions we all ask about the world we live in: ·       How
can the unive...
It is time to end this series of blog posts, which I have been writing under the label 'Understanding Natural Phenomena'. A quick recap will be in order here. There are three basic questions we all ask about the world we l...
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125. Kurzweil's Pattern-Recognition Theory of Mind – 1
Kurzweil's (2012) pattern recognition theory of mind (PRTM) is
based on a certain model of the neocortex, which I shall outline here. I
believe that the model is bound to be correct, for two reasons. One is the
immensely graphic and detailed experimental da...
Kurzweil's (2012) pattern recognition theory of mind (PRTM) is based on a certain model of the neocortex, which I shall outline here. I believe that the model is bound to be correct, for two reasons. One is the immensely grap...
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123. Probing the Human Brain
If we want to
reverse-engineer the human brain, the most important thing to do first is to
probe its structure and function with experimental tools that have the highest
possible spatial and temporal resolution. I give here a very brief historical
account o...
If we want to reverse-engineer the human brain, the most important thing to do first is to probe its structure and function with experimental tools that have the highest possible spatial and temporal resolution. I give here a...
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121. Marvin Minsky’s ‘Society of Mind’
' Our minds did not evolve to serve as
instruments for observing themselves, but for solving such practical problems
as nutrition, defence, and reproduction ' ( Marvin Minsky 2006 ). Marvin Minsky is a pioneer in the field of machine intelligence. Efforts a...
'Our minds did not evolve to serve as instruments for observing themselves, but for solving such practical problems as nutrition, defence, and reproduction' (Marvin Minsky 2006). Marvin Minsky is a pioneer in the field of...
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119. The Human Neocortex
The human brain, along with the spinal cord, comprises the central nervous system . The top outer portion of the brain, just under the scalp, is the
neocortex (or cortex for short). It
covers most of the R-brain (R for reptilian), and has a crumpled appeara...
The human brain, along with the spinal cord, comprises the central nervous system. The top outer portion of the brain, just under the scalp, is the neocortex (or cortex for short). It covers most of the R-brain (R for reptili...
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Occupation
I am currently writing a book entitled 'UNDERSTANDING NATURAL PHENOMENA: Why Are Things What They Are?'.
Employment
  • Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai
    Scientific Officer (various grades), 1968 - 1990
  • Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore
    'Outstanding Scientist' and Head, Laser Materials Division, 1991 - 2004
  • Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai
    DAE Raja Ramanna Fellow, 2005 - 2010
  • Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford
    Nuffield Foundation Fellow, 1979 - 1980
  • Penn State University, Pennsylvania
    Project Associate, 1980 - 1981
  • Institute of Physics, Prague
    Visiting Scientist, 1989
  • University of Aix-Marseille, Marseille
    Visiting Professor, 1991
  • Brigham Young University, Utah
    Visiting Scientist, 2001
  • University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara
    Visiting Scientist, 2001
  • International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste
    Senior Guest Scientist, 2004
  • International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste
    Senior Guest Scientist, 2005
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Delhi - Mumbai - Indore - Bangalore
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Introduction
I am a condensed-matter physicist. For the last few years I have been active spreading the message of science and the scientific method. In this context I have written over 30 articles at Nirmukta.com. I am listed as an 'Enthusiastic Bright' at the Brights Net.

Books written

1.  Introduction to Ferroic Materials (2000)

2. Smart Structures (2007)

3. Complexity Science (2010)

3a. Nauka złożoności. Trudne pytania,które zadajemy o sobie i o naszym Wszechświecie (2010)
(Polish version of Book No. 3. Translation by Malgorzata Koraszewska.)

4. Latent, Manifest, and Broken Symmetry (2011)

Recently I came across a website which gives data about the library holdings of some of the books written or edited by me.

I did editing work for the journal Phase Transitions (Taylor & Francis, U.K.) for 25 years, and took voluntary retirement from the task of Associate Editor in 2010.

Participation in conferences held outside India

1978:  Contributed paper, XI  International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) Congress, Warsaw.

1981:  Contributed papers, Fifth International Meeting on Ferroelectricity (IMF5), State College, Pennsylvania.

1981:  Invited speaker, XII  IUCr Congress, Ottawa.

1985:  Contributed papers, IMF6, Kobe.

1987:  Invited speaker, XIV  IUCr Congress, Perth.

1989:  Invited speaker and session chairman, 1st International Symposium on Ferroic Domains and Mesoscopic Structures (ISFD-1), Volgograd.

1996:  Invited speaker and session chairman, ISFD-4, Vienna.

1999:  Chairman, Microsymposium on Ferroic Structures, XVIII  IUCr Congress, Glasgow.

2002:  Invited speaker and session chairman, ISFD-7, Toulon.

2004:  Plenary speaker, March 2004 meeting of the American Physical Society (APS), Montreal.

2004:  Invited speaker, ISFD-8, Tsukuba.

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I had all my school and college education in Delhi. After that I moved to Mumbai in 1967 to join the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) of the Government of India. I was with the DAE for my entire scientific career. On 'retirement' from active service (in 2010) I, along with my wife Rajni, have settled in Bangalore. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS AS A SCIENTIST: [i] Introduced and analysed the notion of optical ferrogyrotropy (1979). [ii] Introduced and analysed the notion of acoustical ferrogyrotropy (1983). [iii] Demonstrated that the high-critical-temperature superconductor Y-Ba-Cu-O is a ferroelastic and exhibits the shape-memory effect (1987-90). [iv] Formulated a tensor classification of twinning in crystals (1997). [v] Introduced the notion of latent symmetry (1987, 2000). [vi] Wrote the first definitive and comprehensive book on the subject of ferroic materials (2000).
Education
  • University of Delhi
    M. Sc. (Solid State Physics), 1965 - 1967
  • Training School, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (DAE), Bombay
    Certificate (Physics), 1967 - 1968
  • University of Bombay
    Ph. D. (X-ray crystallography), 1976
  • International Summer School on Materials Science & Technology, Erice
    Certificate (Applications of Ferroelectrics), 1980
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Vinod K. Wadhawan / V. K. Wadhawan / Dr. Vinod Kumar Wadhawan