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.

With the foreign secretary level talks between India and Pakistan being iced due to the meeting between Kashmiri separatists and the Pakistani high commissioner, it may be worth recalling an episode from contemporaneous history.

As the old saying goes, “Can you say ‘boo’ to a goose?” Well, in India, we don’t waste our precious time booing geese. We reserve our boos for chief ministers. Each time the Prime Minister steps out to attend important functions in states that are still hanging on to their own non-BJP leaders (with time bombs ticking away), the crowds make sure nobody but Narendra Modi is heard.