Seeing the Light: Optical Illusions, J. C. Bose and Table-Top Experimental Science


Fri, 17 Apr 2015, 03:00 pm - 04:30 pm
Natural Science Bldg. 112 - Louisville, KY
Spring 2015


Rajarshi Roy
Institute for Physical Science and Technology
Department of Physics and
nstitute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics
University of Maryland, College Park
MD 20742 USA


Date: April 17, 2015
Time: 03:00 pm
Room: NS112

The brain and eye function together to provide us information every day that we live. We will take a look at how this partnership works, and how we can learn about both vision and cognitive processing through optical illusions, as well as from the parts of the electromagnetic spectrum that are invisible to us. J. C. Bose was an experimental scientist who explored microwaves in the 1890s and then went on to investigate the electrophysiology of plants with table-top experimental apparatus designed and constructed with very limited means and a lot of imagination and persistence. We will examine his interdisciplinary endeavors and consider how such interests can be pursued today, beginning as math, science and engineering majors.



Natural Science Bldg. 112