V for vendetta

The Hindu published an article on October 28, 2013, titled "He has arrears in engineering, PhD in physics". The article spoke of a 19-something year old Rohit Gunturi, a final year student of engineering at Anna University but already a PhD holder in physics from UC Berkeley. Inspiring as this is, the story at first… Continue reading V for vendetta

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The literature of metaphysics (or, ‘Losing your marbles’ )

For a while now, I’ve been intent on explaining stuff from particle physics. A lot of it is intuitive if you go beyond the mathematics and are ready to look at packets of energy as extremely small marbles. And then, you’ll find out some marbles have some charge, some the opposite charge, and some have… Continue reading The literature of metaphysics (or, ‘Losing your marbles’ )

The literature of metaphysics (or, 'Losing your marbles' )

For a while now, I’ve been intent on explaining stuff from particle physics. A lot of it is intuitive if you go beyond the mathematics and are ready to look at packets of energy as extremely small marbles. And then, you’ll find out some marbles have some charge, some the opposite charge, and some have… Continue reading The literature of metaphysics (or, 'Losing your marbles' )

A bounteous final frontier?

On January 22, 2013, an American company named Deep Space Industries (DSi) announced plans to launch two spacecrafts, in 2015 as a piggybacking payload named FireFly to prospect for near-Earth asteroids, and in 2016, to mine one and return a small sample to Earth. This is just the first phase; in the second phase starting… Continue reading A bounteous final frontier?

‘No need to defend me.’

https://twitter.com/BoraZ/status/390614469933813760 While studying at the Asian College of Journalism, I and some 11 other students were told about the awesome man named Bora Zivkovic and his work as a blogger with Scientific American. To learn about a man with such talents with writing and articulation as he possesses - talents that I have envied and… Continue reading ‘No need to defend me.’

'No need to defend me.'

https://twitter.com/BoraZ/status/390614469933813760 While studying at the Asian College of Journalism, I and some 11 other students were told about the awesome man named Bora Zivkovic and his work as a blogger with Scientific American. To learn about a man with such talents with writing and articulation as he possesses - talents that I have envied and… Continue reading 'No need to defend me.'

In the Valley of Drums…

For lack of a more sensational beginning: Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen fantasy fiction series is the best piece of writing I have ever encountered. Erikson's experience as a archaeologist and an anthropologist is brought to bear in every line of the 10-book epic, producing a tale that is vigorously gripping yet mercilessly sophisticated.… Continue reading In the Valley of Drums…

The non-Nobel for Satyen Bose

Last week, as the Nobel Prizes were announced and Peter Higgs and Francois Englert won the highly coveted physics prize, dust was kicked up in India - just as it was in July and then in September 2012 - about how Satyendra Nath Bose had been 'ignored'. S.N. Bose, in the 1920s, was responsible for… Continue reading The non-Nobel for Satyen Bose

Would you just calm down about the Bose in the boson?

July, 2012 - A Higgs boson-like entity is spotted at the Large Hadron Collider. Indians decry the lack of celebration of S.N. Bose, the Bengali physicist whom bosons are named for. January, 2013 - The particle found at the LHC is confirmed to be a Higgs boson. Further outcry about S.N. Bose having been forgotten in favor… Continue reading Would you just calm down about the Bose in the boson?