Science - An Exquisite Form of Art
3D Object Representing A Cardioid - A very common curve in mathematics, defined by an equation. It was obtained by 3D printing from computer models. The cardioid often appears in the morning in our bowl of coffee with milk. It is here engendered by the method of nails and threads. Then, to get a 3D object, the wires are replaced by circles. According to one of the axes, the projection of the sculpture thus obtained restores the basic construction. But it acquires its sphericity.
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Pseudo-hedgehog - A critical orbit model of a holomorphic dynamical system. The black area is made up of myriads of yarns from the center, too dense to be distinguished from each other in the solid area.

The solar corona during the total solar eclipse of July 11, 2010, observed from the Hao Atoll, in the Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia. This eclipse was visible partly from the South Pacific Ocean, as well as from the southern tip of the American continent.

High definition digital simulation of the Earth's core. This section in the plane of the equator shows the hot (blue) and cold (gold) plumes that animate the Earth's core of convection movements, at the origin of the Earth's magnetic field.

Wire model on a brass structure, representing a cubic cone of a kind. This model was created by Hermann Wiener, professor of mathematics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, in 1899. This object is part of the collection of mathematical objects of the Institut Henri Poincaré (IHP).

Wire surface, generated by a propeller and made by Joseph Caron, professor of descriptive geometry at the École normale supérieure (ENS), November 16, 1914. This object is part of the collection of mathematical objects of the Henri Poincaré Institute (IHP).

A drop of dried human blood taken from a healthy individual. The drying shows regular patterns that vary only according to the composition of the blood.

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India – the land of inquisitive and fastidious scholars with great intellectual endowment in the ancient times – made some of the major contributions in terms of scientific inventions and discoveries over the last many millennia. Ranging from some of the most important inventions such as that of ‘zero’ by the notable mathematician Aryabhatta, the introduction of the decimal system, the Brahmi numerals, the Fibonacci numbers as known to have been introduced by Pingala and later the mathematicians Gopala, Virahanka and Hemachandra to Sushruta Samhita’s contribution to the plastic surgery discipline in the form of rhinoplasty, the introduction of Ayurveda by Charaka, the development of the revolutionary steel alloy known as the wootz steel, etc. – India has offered numerous findings, innovations and theories that serve as the rudiments of contemporary science and technology.

India, with some of its leading educational and research establishments, is currently working in collaboration with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique or CNRS in France to be able to proffer scores of noteworthy scientific concepts and developments in times to come.

About Us

Located in the Institut Français en Inde of the French Embassy, the CNRS office in New Delhi started its activities on February 1st, 2011. The presence of an office in India expresses the will of the CNRS to strengthen its partnership with this country.

The main objectives of the CNRS office in India are:

• Reinforce the CNRS partnerships with its Indian institutional partners.

• Develop the best partnership by assisting in the creation of structuring collaboration (UMI, LIA, GDRI).

• Initiate new collaborations through a good knowledge of the Indian scientific ecosystem.

• Contribute to increase the number of Indian doctoral students in the CNRS laboratories.