Jayant V. Narlikar

Jayanti V. Narlikar

Jayanti V. Narlikar

Jayant V. Narlikar

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).

Bhaskara’s questions to Lilavati still dazzle

The year 2014 marks 900 years since the birth of Bhaskaracharya II, a renowned astronomer and mathematician. Bhaskara was the last in the series of Indian savants spanning a golden age starting with Aryabhata in the 5th century.

The importance of dissent

In the closing days of 2013, the world of astronomy lost a remarkable character whose absence will be felt by all those who welcome new ideas in science. Halton C. Arp, commonly known to his colleagues as “Chip”, began his research career in the early 1950s under the towering personality of Edwin Hubble, the discoverer of the expanding universe. Arp himself became an observer par excellence.

A universe made for man

Until the arrival of Nicolaus Copernicus, it was generally believed that man was “at the centre” of the universe.

Of late, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been thoughtlessly and in a hurry jumping into every available situation, without verifying basic facts, to criticise the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Madhu Kishwar, as the editor of Manushi, set the feminism agenda for many Indian women decades ago. Madhu Kishwar as chief media admirer of prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi is another story completely. The first Kishwar has been declared missing, never to be found.