Professor Nitin Nitsure of the School of Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), will give the first talk of 2006 in the Popular Lecture Series of the Department of Mathematics on Wednesday, March 29. The popular lecture series is intended for a wide audience across the Institute and is especially aimed at B.Tech., M.Tech. and Master's level students in the sciences.
Speaker : Nitin Nitsure, School of Mathematics (TIFR)
Title : The Evolution of Spaces
Time : 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 29
Venue : Ramanujan Hall, Department of Mathematics, IIT Bombay

Abstract: From the Euclidean plane of more than two thousand years ago to the manifolds, CW complexes and algebraic varieties of today, the concept of 'space' has rapidly evolved to meet the emerging needs of mathematics. This has followed quite a Darwinian path of mutations and selection, leaving us with spaces which are the fittest for the job at hand. This lecture will trace this historical journey in outline, explaining with examples the Evolution of Spaces over the last 500 years.