A warm beginning for the coldest connection

THIS IS the "coldest connection" the French Embassy could have found. In an attempt to make a warm beginning with Indian scientists and academicians, the French Embassy has decided to bring alive the theory of India's famous physicist - Satyendranath Bose.

For those who spent endless hours reading up the "Bose Einstein condensates" - this is a chance to learn much more. And with the best minds in France throwing light on a prediction made by Albert Einstein and Satyendranath Bose in 1924, it is an opportunity like no other, especially for those who are unaware about the coldest objects in the universe.

A landmark theory in quantum mechanics, Bose and Einstein figured out that if gas particles could be cooled to a low enough temperature, they would condensate into a new state of matter where all the particles would act as one. This revelation has led scientists to push the frontiers of space years later. And to provide "quantum" information on the subject - "Bose Einstein Condensates: The Coldest Objects In The Universe" - the French Embassy has flown in Dr. Michele Leduc, who is currently the director of National Centre for Scientific Research in Paris.

While physics might bring up less than pleasant memories for some, the French Embassy has organised another lecture, which might be more relevant for Delhi. With most people having to face the water crisis in the Capital every summer, the French offer a look into how they deal with water management.

Bringing in an expert in the field, Julie Ladel, the lecture on "Water Resources Management'' aims to explain the problems surrounding the water in France. With the country facing similar problems with drinking water and the release of waste-water, it might be insightful to see how France "manages' its rivers. The lecture on Bose Einstein will be held on September 22 at 5 p.m. at the National Science Centre Auditorium. And the lecture on water resources will be held on October 6 at the India Habitat Centre.

By Mandira Nayar

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