Jayant V. Narlikar

Jayanti V. Narlikar

Jayanti V. Narlikar

Jayant V. Narlikar

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.

What ails Indian science?

In a recent issue of the famous science journal Nature, Mathai Joseph has raised several issues that are seen as reasons for the mediocre performance of Indian science.

The egoist’s guide to the galaxy

While searching for some of the works of Rabindranath Tagore, a librarian drew my attention to his book Visva-Parichay (meaning, getting to know the universe).

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was oracular in his prophecy: “When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago”. Sixty-two years after the Sino-India border conflict, the Indian state remains obtusely paranoid about making the Henderson Brooks Report public.

Wellington, New Zealand Rarely, if ever, have I written a self-referential essay. However, I had occasion to visit the Te Papa Tongarewa, the National Museum of New Zealand. My leisurely stroll through the museum enabled me to peruse the exhibits with some care.