Locks, Mahabharata And Mathematics : An Exploration Of Unexpected Parallels

Locks, Mahabharata And Mathematics : An Exploration Of Unexpected Parallels (English, Paperback, V. Raghunathan)

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Locks, Mahabharata And Mathematics : An Exploration Of Unexpected Parallels  (English, Paperback, V. Raghunathan)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India
    • Genre: Social Science
    • ISBN: 9789350296431, 9350296438
    • Pages: 228
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    A delightful exercise in lateral thinking

    There could be no three more disparate things than locks, mathematics and the Mahabharata. However, as Locks Mahabharata Mathematics shows, this is as entertaining  a combination as any. Given here is a treasure trove of stories drawn from all three subjects. What could be more beguiling than a book that mixes Draupadi, a lock with five keys, and the quirky world of polynomials? Or Jarasandha – who could be split apart but whose two halves could never be kept separate – split locks and symmetries? The Mahabharata is known for its stories. Lesser known are the fascinating combinations of locks which Dr Raghu – an avid collector – throws light upon, or the esoteric world of pure mathematics that he conveys for a lay audience. Divided into ten chapters, Locks Mahabharata Mathematics has stories ranging from that of Draupadi, to Yudhishthira’s gamble, to Shukrayacharya and Kacha. Keeping them company are chancy locks, interacting keys and binary stars. Profusely illustrated with drawings of locks from his personal collection, this is a neatly original book like few others. Recalling books such as The Mind’s I, Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul, The Tipping Point, and Gödel, Escher, Bach …, underlying it is a simple principle, one might say: Pure logic is the ruin of the spirit, as Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said. These are tales that combine reason with fantasy to elevate the spirit.

    About the Author
    V. Raghunathan's first career was as an academic – as Professor of Finance at IIM, Ahmedabad, for nearly two decades, until early 2001. His second- a corporate one- started in 2001, first as President, ING Vysya Bank for about four years, and then with the GMR Group – an infrastructure major. He is currently CEO, GMR Group Varalakshmi Foundation. Also, since 1990 he has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Bocconi, Milan, lecturing in behavioral finance.

    Raghu has published over 400 academic papers and popular articles, and six books. He is the author of the best-seller Games Indians Play – Why We Are the Way We Are( Penguin, 2006), and Stock Exchange, Investments and Derivatives (Tata McGraw Hill,2007). He also writes a regular guest column in The Economic Times and monthly pieces in Mint and is a busy public speaker.

    He has probably the largest private collection of old locks in the country, has been a cartoonist with a national daily, has played chess at all-India level, and sketched competitively in the past.

    His website is www.vraghunathan.com.

     

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    Adventures in Lateral Thinking

    The book worked at several levels for me: the Mahabharat stories told with an interesting twist brought back childhood memories--but the story telling style was definitely racier than my grandmother's! A revelation in terms of the ingenuity of craftsman of our country making such complex and intelligent locks. And a slightly more interesting take on mathematics than I remember from school and college. I have to confess I skipped a bit of the maths though!

    But what I enjoyed most was the wea...
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    Meena Raghunathan

    Sep, 2013

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    If you are into locks...

    The MB retelling, with its forced metaphors and tenuous attempts at making it cool for the corporate kids, is quite terrible. The maths is kind of elementary- if you are not exposed to it already, there are better books that will remedy it. The locks, on the other hand, were fascinating. I wish the author focussed exclusively on it. Photographs, as opposed to illustrations, would've been nice.
    I can imagine Prof. Raghunathan holding court on these topics over drinks, but sadly it didn't work ...
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    Thakara

    Aug, 2013

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    Searching for Resolution!

    Well, the title got me! I confess. And after that it was a laborious exercise in flipping the pages, one after another in the hope that there would be some wonderful, imaginative coalescence of locks, Mah?bh?rat and mathematics...I ploughed on laboriously in the hope but was disappointed till I reached the end of the book. The content disappoints the title. As a serious collector of locks, the author would be well-advised to write a book featuring all of his 300 odd locks, detailing each with...
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    Smarth Bali

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    Aug, 2014

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    Interesting parallels...

    First of all, the thought of comparing three apparently disparate things like Locks, Mahabharata and Mathematics itself is a very interesting one. One would definitely have very high expectations given such a combination of topics in the title. I should say the author really did not disappoint me, though, at a few places in the book the parallels seemed superficial.

    This book, apart from introducing us to the world of links between these three different topics, it also introduced us to the w...
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    Tavva Rajesh

    Mar, 2014

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    Doesn't unlock the beauty of Mahabharata

    I had been waiting for over 3 months having pre-booked this one. Firstly,the publisher Harper collins website updated the release in Jul while Flip kart continued to show it as upcoming release. Having received the book finally last week when I got down to reading, I found it downright dis-appointing. While the reference of locks and mathematics is ok, but the author's usage of Mahabharata's references is quite light and hardly adds to the vast sea of knowledge that already exists on the epic...
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    Debashish Kar

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    Aug, 2013

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    An Excellent Read

    An unusual book. The language of the stories is informal and refreshing. The locks are amazing. The mathematics is of high school level, but very interestingly presented. It will be unfair to expect the mathematics and the mahabharata and the locks to fit each other like a glove. But the author does spell that out in the preface. I was at the book launch in Bangalore. Now I can see why Mr. Subroto Bagchi of Mindtree who launched the book said the book belonged to the world of Discovery Channe...
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    Raju N.

    Sep, 2013

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    Brilliant

    Very powerful book for mathematics lovers.
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    Certified Buyer, Bhubaneswar

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    excellent

    excellent book i never red before and flipkart is one of the best online site i never visited before thank you verymuch
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    V S srinivas shanmukham

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    Feb, 2016

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    Interesting with a 'but'

    Bought the book, read it.
    Instead of writing a review story myself, I wish to share an already written review which I happen to agree with.
    Do read this before buying.
    http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/r4cpfcJJAPbpL22skKLlcL/Book-Review--Locks-Mahabharata-and-Mathematics.html
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    Vinod

    Oct, 2013

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