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2012 Books of the Year Shortlist : Physics World

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:41:23 +0000

Alphabetical by author A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea: The Race to Kill the BP Oil GusherJoel Achenbach The Science Magpie: A Hoard of Fascinating Facts Simon Flynn The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American … Continue reading

Ramanjuan’s House

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:21:40 +0000

The Hindu visits Ramanjuan’s house in Kumbakonam. Ramanujan’s home is today squeezed between Pandian Hotel on one side and a sanitaryware shop on the other; a hoarding of the shop rests partly on its roof. Very little of the original … Continue reading

Links Of The Day

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:42:53 +0000

Don’t miss this from Onion: God Distances Self from Christian Right  (Thanks to Rich McAloney for the tip) “And, furthermore, I would like to take this opportunity to say definitively that I, God, do not officially sanction or condone the words … Continue reading

Separated by Birth : Steve Jobs and Ilaiyaraja

Sun, 21 Oct 2012 13:54:03 +0000

Perils of assessing a future Nobel laureate

Tue, 16 Oct 2012 14:37:02 +0000

This year Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine winner was advised not to waste his time learning science.  Sir John B. Gurdon’s science report card when he was 15 reads thus; … I believe he has ideas about becoming a … Continue reading


Sun, 22 Jul 2012 11:47:39 +0000

We all know its function: to separate parts of a sentence “that need a more distinct break than a comma can signal, but that are too closely connected to be made into separate sentences.”  Kurt Vonnegut though wanted to eschew them … Continue reading

Michael Lewis Commencement Speech at Princeton

Thu, 12 Jul 2012 12:30:41 +0000

This, possibly is one of the best commencement speech that I ever watched in video.  Worth repeating here.  He has the right mixture of humour and humility, optimism and advice.  Leaves the listener to think about every little thing he … Continue reading

Rule and Divide : Quebec and Newfoundland

Thu, 12 Jul 2012 12:22:26 +0000

As a part of the ongoing series Borderlines, the NYTimes explores the Canadian landscape.  A good historic overview of border dispute between Quebec and Newfoundland. In 2001, the province was re-baptized, better to reflect its true geographical scope: Newfoundland and Labrador. … Continue reading

RIP: Ray Bradbury

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 02:11:07 +0000

 I have fun with ideas; I play with them,  I’m not a serious person, and I don’t like serious people. I don’t see myself as a philosopher. That’s awfully boring. My goal is to entertain myself and others. With Lem, … Continue reading

Familiar plots : Kurt Vonnegut

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 11:53:46 +0000

Kurt Vonnegut at his wry best.  Charts familiar storyline plots to their graphic details here. The most popular story in our civilisation … We love to hear this story, every time it’s retold somebody makes another million dollars. He begins … Continue reading