February 2013 Archives

Movies on or from India

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Over the past 3 years we've added nearly 400 movies on or about India, more than doubling the size of our collection. These include films of all types from Bollywood to regional cinema to documentaries to art films, old and new.

Click here for a complete list of our India film holdings.

The DVDs and VCDs are housed in the Walter Library Smart Learning Commons and you can check them out for either personal or classroom use. Find out more about Media Collections here.

Math in China, India, and the West
Can We Compare Their Achievements Objectively?

lecture by David Mumford
Brown University

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: 175 Willey Hall

From Victorian England until quite recently, it was accepted that math began in Greece, then languished until the Renaissance when it took off in Europe. Now with "political correctness" and chauvinism in the reborn great powers of the East, the pendulum has swung and some claim that the key ideas originated in the East and migrated to the West. To make a balanced and scholarly assessment is not easy. First, one must look equally at both applied and pure math and at the role of rigor versus other forms of argument across cultures. During his lecture, Mumford will present a series of vignettes of actual math from Babylon, Vedic India, Han China, Baghdad, and Kerala (India) to illustrate how rich the full picture is and how the idiosyncrasies of each culture profoundly altered the math they developed. His lecture will also cover what was unique to the math of ancient Greek culture, and why, finally, math exploded in 17th century Europe.

Selected New Titles in Ames Library - February 2013

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Below you can read a list of selected new titles added to the Ames Library of South Asia in January 2013. Or click here to download a copy.

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