Jayant V. Narlikar

Jayanti V. Narlikar

Jayanti V. Narlikar

Jayant V. Narlikar

The eccentric geniuses

Mathematicians are supposed to be very precise and logical in their work. That they are, but how do they feature in everyday life outside their work? Here are some illustrative anecdotes.

Strange tales of the stars

Patrick Moore, well known for his astronomy popularisation programmes, had the longest monthly TV series on the BBC called Sky at Night, which ran from 1958 till 2012. Naturally, he had a number of stories to tell. Here are some of them.

Speakers Anonymous

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.

After four hours of driving, we should have been in the middle of Dartmoor. And yet we were not.

During Gen Pervez Musharraf’s time a television host asked Benazir Bhutto (BB) about the low attendance at the Pakistan People’s Party jalsas that had just taken place.