Of Belgian Chocolate and Sweeter Mathematics

 Mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical thoughts.

-Albert Einstein

Mathematics is the common tongue of all sciences and physics is the most beautiful of them. And so when mathematics and physics come together they can only spell symphony. The ICGTMP (International Colloquium on Group Theoretical Methods in Physics) is one of the traditional conference series being held since 1972 and is regarded as the oldest one among the conference series devoted to geometry and physics.

The bi-annual colloquium was held this year from 14th to 18th July at the Ghent University, Belgium attracting over two hundred eminent mathematicians and physicists mainly from U.S.A and the European Union. The conference acts as a platform to bring together some of the greatest minds from the fields of physics and mathematics to have first-hand information of the latest and greatest advancements in the application of group theoretical methods in physics.

In a conference where mind-boggling research and talks were presented on subjects ranging from Number Theory and Statistical Physics to Quantum Theory and String Theory, it makes us proud to report that NITR held its own. Our very own Professor Kishore Chandra Pati was an invited speaker at the conference. The topic of his talk was, ‘Affine Kac-Moody Symmetric spaces associated with un-twisted Kac-Moody algebras’.

Kac-Moody algebra is a Lie Algebra usually infinite dimensional, introduced to study infinitesimal transformations. The topic is an area of great interest for the scientists researching into the field of String Theory and Conformal Field Theory.

Professor Pati has certainly added another star in his already star studded career. His success and presence at a conference of such international repute as an invited speaker hints at the steady rise of Indians in the field of applied mathematics and basic sciences.