What we do?

  • We help people act with insight.
  • We help companies grow from the inside.
  • We help employees turn into thinkers.

We ignite thought

If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.

--Thomas Jefferson
on Patents and Freedom of Ideas

Acadinnet’s focus

Acadinnet’s core business is in the high-end of education (not rote education but insight-based education and mentoring) and the insightful application of scientific knowledge to industrial applications. We help people move away from the awe of ignorance (as in rote education) to the awe of understanding (as in the bleeding edge of science).

Acadinnet aims to market India’s potential; not what it is but what it can be – a global supplier and attractor of scientific and technical talent. We help organizations find and nurture talent for the global knowledge economy. Our services range from finding people of raw talent, mentoring them, and helping them into becoming innovators. We focus on helping top raw talent realize their potential in dealing with unsolved problems that involve knowledge from multiple disciplines, and when the occasion demands, in protecting the intellectual property rights of their solutions.

We therefore aim to identify young people with the ambition of becoming the Faradays and Maxwells or the Cricks and Watsons of tomorrow and mentor them to become world-class innovators.

A unique component of our insight-based education and mentoring service is to provide mentees with insights in multiple areas of science and mathematics through the Insights in Science lecture series.

Acadinnet in the news
March 18, 2012
Acadinnet authors publish a book.
This month LAP Lambert Academic Publishing publishes

Reality check on India’s economic growth: Planning to fail or failing to plan
by Rajendra K. Bera, Sunish Raj, Hiten Balsari
ISBN 978-3-8484-2573-0, Paperback

The book is now on sale; see http://www.amazon.com/Reality-check-Indias-economic-growth/dp/3848425734

March 08, 2012
Knowledge@Wharton comments on our paper
Bera, R.K., Raj, S., and Balsari, H., Comments on the Draft Approach to the 12th Five Year Plan of India, Acadinnet Commentary 2011-01, December 2011. Also as SSRN id 1968313,http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1968313

Their comments are available at:

http://knowledgetoday.wharton.upenn.edu/2012/03/do-indias-planners-lack-innovative-thinking/ http://knowledgetoday.wharton.upenn.edu/ http://knowledgetoday.wharton.upenn.edu/tag/india/


Insights in Science Lecture Abstracts
From hunter-gatherer to knowledge-worker
In very broad terms, the world’s economic development can be divided into four stages: hunter-gatherer (till about 12,000 years ago; more than 99% of our time on earth), agricultural (beginning about 12,000 years ago till about 1500 AD), industrial (from about 1500 AD to later half of 20th century), and postindustrial (later half of 20th century and continuing)1 , although a substantial comingling of two or more stages can be seen even today in many countries, including the world’s most advanced nations. The hunter-gatherer stage can support only about one inhabitant per square mile and demands a nomadic life involving extraordinary land-intensive activity. In the post-industrial information (knowledge-gatherer) age, we are primarily concerned about creating knowledge and using it to produce marketable products and services as quickly and economically as possible. The focus is therefore on knowledge workers. The knowledge-gatherer stage can support several orders of magnitude more inhabitants per square mile than was possible in the hunter-gatherer stage.
Axiomatic mathematics
Euclid’s geometry is the first specific evidence of an axiomatic treatment of mathematics. Some 2000 years after Euclid, several mathematicians reexamined its axioms and discovered non-Euclidean geometry. One such geometry forms the space-time geometry of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. The discovery of non-Euclidean geometry was a revolution in mathematics, which led to what now forms the heart of mathematics—formal axiomatic systems. Formal systems form the basis of reasoning in mathematics and of all the computations we do on digital computers.
How reliably can we compute?
Several simple computations, as implemented on digital computers, will be examined. Their surprising common feature is that while there is no flaw in the coded logic, the computations fail. The reason for their failure and their remedies will be discussed. The lesson: programming is not about coding; it is about algorithms and their error propagation characteristics. We shall also take a look at some unusual ways humans prove mathematical propositions.
On symmetry
The notion of symmetry plays a central role in theoretical physics. The central theme of this lecture is the Emmy Nöther theorem, which states that for every observable symmetry in Nature there is a corresponding entity that is conserved. And for every conservation law there is a corresponding symmetry. For example, the law of conservation of angular momentum is a consequence of the isotropy of space.
Quantum cryptography and quantum teleportation
The world of quantum mechanics is truly magical. In this lecture we will look at the basic mathematical framework around which QM is built, and then look at the amazingly simple solutions to two problems: (i) the safe exchange of keys for encrypted messages, and (ii) the teleportation of matter. In both these solutions, Charles Bennett, a distinguished IBM researcher, played a pioneering role.