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Need more govt funds for research infrastructure, labs: Nobel laureate

PUNE: Nobel laureate in physics, Prof David Gross, on Wednesday accentuated the need for the governments to increase funding for research infrastructure and laboratories that are engaged in the field of scientific research.

“Science has always been on an exponential curve and provides us with innumerable possibilities. Research, as a profession, has a lot of scope in countries like the United States. We must make the young minds excited towards basic questions of science,” he said at the 10th Honeywell Nobel laureate event hosted by the College of Engineering Pune (CoEP) on Wednesday.

Gross, who won the Nobel prize for physics in 2004, elaborated, “To achieve this goal, the governments should increase their funding for basic infrastructure with more and more laboratories being made available to the students. We need fundamental research to understand and apply to real world solutions. The best in research is yet to come.”

“All over the world, wherever I travel, I try to convince politicians to support basic science and research and take a long term view,” he said, adding that the society as a whole needs to bolster true curiosity among youth towards science. This is vital for countries like India, which have a deep history of scientific achievements.

He spoke on the topic of quantum mechanics, which is a theory that describes the behaviour of matter and energy at subatomic and atomic scales, and on quantum field theory, which is an extension of quantum mechanics. “Quantum field theory has proven to be the most successful theoretical framework in the history of physics,” he said. “It can be used to calculate the mass of any particle in nature, regardless of its size, including your body weight,” he said.

He was awarded the Nobel prize for the discovery of ‘Asymptotic freedom’ in nuclear interactions in 1973, which proved that as particles move closer to each other, the nuclear force between them becomes so weak that they behave almost as free particles. This discovery established quantum chromo dynamics (QCD) as the correct theory of the strong nuclear force, one of the four fundamental forces in nature.

Anant Maheshwari, managing director, Honeywell Automation India Limited said: “It is important for us to connect students to the wide variety of science and engineering careers to prepare them to tackle the global challenges that all of us will face in the future.”

CoEP director Anil Sahasrabudhe, senior members of the faculty and academicians were present at the event.

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