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.

Now that the protests are fizzling out, it’s worth asking what exactly they managed to accomplish. I see two major effects.