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Vinod Wadhawan
Worked at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai
Attended University of Delhi
Lived in Delhi
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115. Memes and Their Evolution - 2
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/What-Defines-a-Meme.html Memes (cf. Part 114 ) are specified by their ' representational content' . As representations of a
portion of information, memes have a certain content. A representation
in the human mind i...
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/What-Defines-a-Meme.html Memes (cf. Part 114) are specified by their 'representational content'. As representations of a portion of information, memes have a certain content. A re...
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112. Evolution of Language - 1
' If
there had been no speech, then right and wrong, truth and falsehood, good and
bad, attractive and unattractive would not have been made known. Speech makes
known all this. Worship speech ' (Chandogya Upanishad, VII-2-1). ' A mostly
Lamarckian process w...
'If there had been no speech, then right and wrong, truth and falsehood, good and bad, attractive and unattractive would not have been made known. Speech makes known all this. Worship speech' (Chandogya Upanishad, VII-2-1). ...
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93. The Traveller's Dilemma
'There
is something rational about choosing not to be rational when playing
Traveller’s Dilemma' ( Kaushik Basu 2007 ). The Traveller’s
Dilemma (TD) game was crafted in 1994 by Kaushik Basu . Lucy and
Pete go to a remote island in the Pacific, where they pu...
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98. Coevolution of Species
' Just when
you think you’ve won the rat race, along come faster rats ' (Anon.). Living
organisms interact, not only with the inanimate surroundings, but also with
organisms of the same or different species. Therefore, evolution of a species
cannot occur in...
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114. Memes and Their Evolution - 1
' We are
different from all other animals because we alone, at some time in our far
past, became capable of widespread generalized imitation. This let loose new
replicators   -   memes   -   which then   began to propagate, using us as their copying
machine...
'We are different from all other animals because we alone, at some time in our far past, became capable of widespread generalized imitation. This let loose new replicators  -  memes  -  which then  began to propagate, using u...
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109. Sociobiology, Altruism, Morality, Group Selection
A group
comprising many individual agents working together can be viewed as a
problem-solving system. Each agent may have some degree of autonomy, but may
not be aware of the entire picture. This sort of teamwork is seen in many
situations; e.g. in human sp...
A group comprising many individual agents working together can be viewed as a problem-solving system. Each agent may have some degree of autonomy, but may not be aware of the entire picture. This sort of teamwork is seen in m...
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87. Artificial Distributed Intelligence
People
learn to make sense of the world by talking with other people about it ( J. Kennedy 2006 ). Learning,
smartness, and intelligence are terms we normally associate with living beings.
But if our machines are going to be helping us in truly worthwhile w...
People learn to make sense of the world by talking with other people about it (J. Kennedy 2006). Learning, smartness, and intelligence are terms we normally associate with living beings. But if our machines are going to ...
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95. Zero-Sum Two-Player Games and the Minimax Theorem
In zero-sum
two-player games a single number, i.e. the amount won by the
first player, and therefore the amount lost by the second player (or vice
versa ), determines the payoff. If it is a finite game, its normal form is a matrix of payoffs, such as that s...
In zero-sum two-player games a single number, i.e. the amount won by the first player, and therefore the amount lost by the second player (or vice versa), determines the payoff. If it is a finite game, its normal form is a ma...
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111. Reconfigurable Computers and Machines That Can Evolve
' The
malleability of configurable processors means that they can adapt at the
hardware level. Does the term adaptation ring a bell? Over the past few years,
researchers working on bio-inspired systems have begun using configurable
processors; after all, th...
'The malleability of configurable processors means that they can adapt at the hardware level. Does the term adaptation ring a bell? Over the past few years, researchers working on bio-inspired systems have begun using configu...
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Richard Feynman on the Relation of Science and Religion
Richard
P. Feynman was one of the all-time greats of science. I reproduce here the transcript of a talk he gave at the Caltech YMCA
Lunch Forum on May 2, 1956. http://calteches.library.caltech.edu/49/2/Religion.htm http://greatmindsofscience.tumblr.com/post...
Richard P. Feynman was one of the all-time greats of science. I reproduce here the transcript of a talk he gave at the Caltech YMCA Lunch Forum on May 2, 1956. http://calteches.library.caltech.edu/49/2/Religion.htm h...
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106. Scale-Free Networks
' This
unparalleled license of expression, coupled with diminished publishing costs,
makes the Web the ultimate forum of democracy; everybody’s voice can be heard
with equal opportunity. Or so insist constitutional lawyers and glossy business
magazines. If ...
'This unparalleled license of expression, coupled with diminished publishing costs, makes the Web the ultimate forum of democracy; everybody’s voice can be heard with equal opportunity. Or so insist constitutional lawyers and...
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104. Random Networks
' Erdős and Rényi
acknowledged for the first time that real graphs, from social networks to phone
lines, are not nice and regular. They are hopelessly complicated. Humbled by
their complexity, the two assumed that these networks are random ' ( Barabási,Link...
'Erdős and Rényi acknowledged for the first time that real graphs, from social networks to phone lines, are not nice and regular. They are hopelessly complicated. Humbled by their complexity, the two assumed that these networ...
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Work
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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Previously
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.

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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 and 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