CFRCE Theoretical & Mathematical Physics Program
"I seriously say to you that business or job as an engineer is not the thing for me. It is totally foreign to my nature and radically opposed to my temperament and opinions. Physics is my line. I know I shall do great things here. For, each man can do best and excel in only that thing of which he is passionately fond, in which he believes, as I do, that he has the ability to do it, that he is in fact born and destined to do it... I am burning with a desire to do physics. I will and must do it sometime. It is my only ambition. I have no desire to be a `successful' man or the head of a big firm. There are intelligent people who like that and let them do it... It is no use saying to Beethoven `You must be a scientist for it is great thing' when he did not care two hoots for science; or to Socrates `Be an engineer; it is work of intelligent man'. It is not in the nature of things. I therefore earnestly implore you to let me do physics."
-- Homi J Bhabha
Pradeep stood gazing at the night sky lost in wonder and awe at the vast majesty of the Cosmos. The light from that luminous object that entered his eyes was perhaps traveling for billions of years. Perhaps it was that of the Big Bang itself. The eyes that transmitted the light to his brain had evolved for millions of years from some primitive organism. His nervous system had reached its present stage of evolutionary complexity after billions of steps of natural selection. Perhaps...perhaps....
He felt his whole being thrill with the sense of deep mystery, a sense of the infinite and unfathomable and yet something his mind was able to grasp and comprehend, and as he luxuriated in that feeling, he also began to become aware of the hidden order and harmony behind all existence. And as he continued to gaze at the heavens, his aesthetic sensibilities began to stir and shudder to their core by the immense perception of beauty. Lost in the entirety of that profound majesty, he recalled one of his favourite quotations from Einstein,
"Science is a transcendent calling whereby one could rise above the pettiness, impermanence and struggle of human life and visit a bit with the beauty and truth that underlies the real, permanent nature of the world."
Almost instantly, he recalled Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar's words,
"In my entire scientific life, extending over forty-five years, the most shattering experience has been the realization that an exact solution of Einstein's equations of general relativity, discovered by the New Zealand mathematician, Roy Kerr, provides the absolutely exact representation of untold numbers of massive black holes that populate the universe. This shuddering before the beautiful, this incredible fact that a discovery motivated by a search after the beautiful in mathematics should find its exact replica in Nature, persuades me to say that beauty is that to which the human mind responds at its deepest and most profound."
His eyes were moist as he recalled how he once was almost on the verge of losing these grandiose epiphanies. Yes, there was a time when he had felt these self-same emotions. It was a long, long time when he was but a child. He was not aware of science as a domain. He had not heard of Albert Einstein nor of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar. Yet his heart thrilled with an unknown delight whenever he looked up at the heavens. It aroused a tremendous, inexpressible, primal need in his being to know, to discover, to explore, and to comprehend all that he perceived there. The things of everyday existence had perhaps become too familiar to evoke those sublime feelings. Perhaps they had dulled his senses though not his intellect which still sought answers to many a question. Or, perhaps, his doors of perception were more open to immensity, the vast and the great unknown that the night sky offered him a sudden and immediate glimpse of.
But slowly, deliberately, that great awakening began to wane. Chains of the formal academic system began to encircle him. The light that illumined his intellect faded. Caught in the dull routine of classroom lectures and textbooks from second and third hand sources seemed to deliver the death blow to his aspiration. It was a crisis, a crisis that led him to question the very meaning of formal academics, of examinations, of all the paraphernalia of the unenlightened educational system he found himself in. Just as he secured an engineering seat in a much coveted college, he fell into a crisis that threatened to extinguish his aspiration. It looked as if he had to forgo his dream of becoming a scientist and settle for being an engineer. Not that he considered a scientist superior to an engineer. It was just that he wanted to explore the unknown rather than to apply the known. And thanks to this crisis, he had discovered the CFRCE Theoretical & Mathematical Physics Program and in parallel to his Bachelor's degree program in Mechanical Engineering he had, in 4 years, mastered Theoretical Physics to its depths and emerged a young Theoretical Physicist engaged in the frontiers of the domain and field.
As he looked back 4 years into his past he was astonished at the breadth and depth of his learning this program had empowered him with. For he had now a complete mastery of Classical Mechanics, Classical Electrodynamics and Field Theory, Statistical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Electrodynamics, Quantum Field Theory, Singular Constrained Dynamics, General Relativity, Gauge Theories, Differential Geometry and Topology, Real and Functional Analysis, Geometric Mechanics and Symplectic Geometry, Geometric Quantization and Loop Quantum Gravity. To crown it all he had just completed a project on the Atiyah-Singer Index theorem and its applications to anomalies in Gauge Theories.
He was now at a prestigious university at the United States pursuing his Ph. D in Elementary Particle Physics and already on his way to publish his third research paper on "Towards a possible reduction of parameters in the Standard Model". Pradeep R had actualized his deepest potential. He was now fondly looking forward into the near future when armed with his doctoral degree and several original papers to his credit, he would possibly return back to his beloved Nation and help in fanning the Olympic torch of the living culture of learning that he had seen kindled at CFRCE and which had nurtured him during his engineering years with its revitalizing warmth.
Many a student often finds himself or herself in the grip of a great passion for Theoretical Physics and Mathematics as a quest, a search for the laws of Nature. But conventional academic requirements smother that quest and relegate it to the passing of examinations and following trends and fashion according to the so-called opportunities. The student whose quest is the one thing that most matters is soon lost sight of and learns to accept limitations and settle for something far below one's standards. The CFRCE Theoretical & Mathematical Physics Program aims to empower students with that sense of quest to shatter those limitations and actualize their deepest potential.
The CFRCE Theoretical & Mathematical Physics Program is a 4-year program for exceptionally motivated undergraduates of Science or Engineering. Designed to run in parallel to their formal degree programs, it equips the earnest student to rapidly master all aspects of Theoretical & Mathematical Physics and emerge at the frontiers of current research. The efficacy, effectiveness and success of this program is testified by the constant and never ending stream of students who year after year continue to emerge as bright young theoretical physicists in the field.
The CFRCE Theoretical & Mathematical Physics Program is a powerful spring-board for the serious student of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics. Based on the acclaimed CFRCE Neuro-Cognitive Methodology, it takes the student straight into the heart of modern theoretical physics and mathematics and launches him/her directly onto current research in fields like Classical and Quantum Gravity, String Theory, Elementary Particle Physics, Black Hole Physics, Cosmology, Foundations of Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Information and Quantum Computation.
This is possible by the exclusive CFRCE Neuro-Cognitive methodology that takes the student through a powerful personal development program that reconditions the cognitive and emotive faculties in a holistic manner.
Technical development goes hand-in-hand with personal development and moulds thought, feeling, intuition and instinct of the student towards a broad yet deep and abiding mastery of the domains. Since it is the very faculties of the student that undergo a lasting transformation, the student emerges as a harmonious scientific personality ready to embark on independent studies and research in the chosen field of interest.
The general syllabus for the CFRCE Theoretical & Mathematical Physics Program has been developed keeping the requirements of the state-of-the-art research in the contemporary fields of Mathematics and Physics. It is personalized for each student taking into account his/her particular interest, drive, passion and career plans. It is so constructed as to map out the shortest and quickest possible path for the student. Click here to view the general syllabus.