Monday, November 02, 2009

Article on bibliometric evaluation of scientists

Here is a link to an article with an intriguing title, Bibliometric evaluation of individual researchers: not even right... not even wrong! by Franck Laloƫ and Remy Mosseri. Worth checking out.

Prof. M. S. Raghunathan gives the 18th Meera Memorial Lecture

The 18th Meera Memorial Lecture will be given on
Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 6 pm at the Indian Institute of World Culture, Basavanagudi, Bangalore, by Prof. M. S. Raghunathan of TIFR Mumbai entitled "The queen of sciences: her realm, her influence and her health". The trust web-site is here.

Update: Here is the abstract

What is mathematics? That is evidently a difficult question to answer. Nevertheless mathematics has had an independent identity as an intellectual discipline since antiquity. In this talk, I will first discuss the main characterestics that contribute to giving mathematics its identity challenging in the process some common negative perceptions about mathematics, viz., that mathematics is a dry unimaginative subject, that its rigorous discipline is forbidding and that its cold logic destroys all sensitivity in its practitioners. I will then briefly dwell on the importance of mathematics to our society and finally say something about the state of mathematics research and teaching in our country