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Physical and Mathematical Sciences

  • Sir CV Raman is responsible for setting up the Department of Physics at IISc in 1933.

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Every day, from sunrise to sunset, we witness innumerable events that happen in nature.  Since thousands of years, humans have been intrigued by the beauty and clock-like precision of the day and night cycle. This curiosity and the desire to know the secrets of nature resulted in a huge body of knowledge, called physics. Later, physics led to scientific and industrial revolutions in Europe and North America, which eventually spread to rest of the world. Since then, physics has continued to touch human lives in numerous ways.

Since its inception in 1933 by Sir C V Raman, the Department of Physics at IISc has been a leading research and training centre in India. Research at the Department of Physics can be broadly classified into two categories: theoretical and experimental. Theoretical work is all about building mathematical models of the physical world. Experimental physics is mostly about, but not limited to, validating theoreticians’ work. Physicists at IISc try to understand the phenomena concerning the tiniest subatomic particles to the evolution of gigantic galaxies in the Universe.