'Common sense approach must to address problems'

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 19 November 2017

Pune: A common sense approach is often required to address scientific problems, said Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary of Department of Science and Technology of Government of India while speaking on 'Navigating scientific complexity by common sense' at the 57th Shankar Purushottam Agharkar Memorial Oration at Agharkar Research Institute on Saturday. 

Pune: A common sense approach is often required to address scientific problems, said Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary of Department of Science and Technology of Government of India while speaking on 'Navigating scientific complexity by common sense' at the 57th Shankar Purushottam Agharkar Memorial Oration at Agharkar Research Institute on Saturday. 

“Lateral thinking, creativity or common sense must be put into practice by science researchers to arrive at solutions,” said Sharma, citing the example of the great Indian mathematician Ramanujan as an exceptional example of independent thinking. 

“Creativity could be achieved through connecting the dots of fragmented knowledge by relating one science to another and by an open book approach,” said Sharma. 

While stating that science and life are inter-related he urged, researchers must look at nature as the greatest teacher giving examples of the lotus leaf which is a water repellent property that can have a bearing on paint technology, and the reversible adhesion property that can be understood from frogs and insects. 

“The last mile connectivity in science and technology will enable researchers to move out of the laboratories and benefit the society,” said Sharma. 

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