Fluid flows to black holes: a tribute to S. Chandrasekhar on by D. J. Saikia, Virginia Trimble

By D. J. Saikia, Virginia Trimble

This specific e-book encompasses a biographical portrait, debts of Chandrasekhar's function and influence on sleek technological know-how, old views and private memories, numerous of which seemed in Physics this present day, and stories via best specialists in components which Prof. Chandrasekhar pioneered. The stories, which seemed within the Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of India, are both according to papers provided by means of students within the Chandrasekhar Centennial Symposium on the college of Chicago in the course of 15-17 October 2010, or have been extra stories protecting themes now not represented on the convention by means of different individual astrophysicists. It offers a glimpse of a few of the main fascinating parts of contemporary astrophysics as a tribute to Prof Chandrasekhar on his start centenary

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Paul Granlund sculpting the bust of Chandra. With Richard Askey’s help, I approached Paul Granlund and asked if he would undertake to make a bust of Chandra. I was delighted when he not only agreed, but was most enthusiastic. But unlike Mrs. Ramanujan, Lalitha Chandrasekhar was not at all keen that a bust should be made. I had to work very hard before she finally consented. Therefore, it was a matter of great personal satisfaction to me that Lalitha came to Bangalore to unveil the bust. Figure 16.

He sent me a polite reply saying that as the matter refers to something which he did nearly 50 years back he cannot quite recollect what his thoughts were when he performed this analysis. Later on, when I met him at IUCAA, I had attempted to discuss this problem with him. He told me that he likes to work in an area for sometime and then move on but almost never re-visits that topic. In fact, he was not very keen to know the details of my derivation. ” This is the aspect of Chandra that I had hinted at earlier in this presentation: that once he made a transition from one major topic to another and written a monograph on the work just completed, the topic became a ‘closed book’ for him.

We have gathered here to remember another Indian who soared high. Chandra felt that Ramanujan represents so extreme a fluctuation from the norm that his being born an Indian must be considered to a large extent accidental. In his attitude to the pursuit of science, his achievements and his scholarship, Chandra, too, was an extreme fluctuation. What did Chandra think of himself? The following concluding sentences of his lecture at the Golden Jubilee meeting of the Indian Academy of Sciences might hold a clue: “The pursuit of science has often been compared to the scaling of mountains, high and not so high.

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