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In this context, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bangalore is arranging a three-part lecture series entitled Einstein and Relativity in January, February and March by the renowned astrophysicist Prof. C. V. Vishveshwara. The talks will be non-technical aimed at general audience including undergraduate students.  The lecture series provides an overview of the General Theory of Relativity and its impact. 

Brief Profile of Prof. C. V. Vishveshwara

After his education up to MSc in Bangalore, India, Prof. Vishveshwara received his AM degree from Columbia University, New York, USA. Thereafter, working on the stability of the Schwarzschild black hole with Prof. Charles Misner as his thesis advisor, he obtained his PhD from the University of Maryland, USA. In addition to his proof of black-hole stability, he has made pioneering contributions to black-hole physics by his study of the structures of both the static Schwarzschild black holes and the rotating Kerr black holes as well as by his theoretical discovery of the quasinormal modes of black-hole vibrations. After serving on the faculty of several universities in USA, he returned to his hometown of Bangalore, India, to take up the position of Professorship at the Raman Research Institute and later became a Senior Professor at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics. Prof. Vishveshwara has also been a Visiting Professor at several universities such as University of Pennsylvania, University of Maryland, Boston University, University of London, and Universidad del Pais Vasco, Spain.

His book, Einstein's Enigma or Black Holes in My Bubble Bath is widely acclaimed with highly complimentary comments from Professors Roger Penrose, Nobel laureate Anthony James LeggettCharles Misner and other readers worldwide. It has also been translated into Italian. Recently, another book of his in the same genre entitled Universe Unveiled – The Cosmos in My Bubble Bath has been published. Information about the two books published by Springer may be obtained respectively from the links: and

Black Holes, Gravitational Radiation and the Universe: Essays in Honor of C.V. Vishveshwara, Bala R. Iyer and Biplab Bhawal(eds), (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999) was published in his honor for his sixtieth birthday to which leading experts in the field like Jacob Bekenstein, Brandon Carter, G.F.R Ellis, Jayant Narlikar etc., have contributed essays.

As founder-director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bangalore, he has written the scripts for several planetarium programmes and directed them. These have proved to be exceedingly popular because of the simple and attractive manner in which difficult concepts have been presented. Prof. Vishveshwara has also initiated and developed educational programmes at the Planetarium including the Research Education Advancement Programme (REAP) and BIO-REAP that have been successfully training students to pursue research careers in science.


Details of the Lecture Series



Date and Time

Einstein and Relativity Part-1

Special theory of Relativity, Space and Time

11 January 2015 @ 5:30 PM

Einstein and Relativity Part-2

General theory of Relativity - Gravitation

15 February 2015@5.30pm

Einstein and Relativity Part-3

Modern Developments - Black Holes, Gravitational Waves and Cosmology

8 March 2015@5.30pm

Venue of the Lectures

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium,
Bangalore Association for Science Education,
Shri. T. Chowdaiah Road, High Ground,
Bangalore, Karnataka
PIN: 560001
Landmark: Near Karnataka Raj Bhavan


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