Jayant V. Narlikar

Jayanti V. Narlikar

Jayanti V. Narlikar

Jayant V. Narlikar

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In January this year there was a special meet in a town in northern Maharashtra to celebrate the 900th birthday of the Indian mathematician Bhaskaracharya. According to records, his birth place was near Chalisgaon, although like many historical events in our country, lack of proper records makes this claim subject to controversy.

Physics, are we done?

We lea-rn from history that Alexander from Macedonia, while a small boy, had expressed concern that his father Phillip, ruler of Macedonia, was conquering new territories at such a rate that nothing would be left for him to conquer.

Curious case of dark matter

The Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen wrote very absorbing stories which not only kept his child audiences enraptured, but his stories also had some messages for adults. I find one of his stories having particular relevance to what is happening in the world of cosmology.

Ladder to virtual libraries

Cambridge mathematician G.H. Hardy, whom many Indians know as friend and mentor of the mathematical prodigy Ramanujan, has described an episode in his book, A Mathematician’s Apology. The story relates to a nightmare that the philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell had.

The kindest thing that can be said of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s indifferent performance in the series of byelections since the general election last May is that they are a pointer to the significant role played by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in ensuring the decisive Lok Sabha outcome.

Disasters not only disrupt society, they also distort its basic categories, creating inversions, disrupting normalcy and suspending time in a prolonged way. Return to normalcy then becomes even more difficult and unpredictable.