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Jayant V Narlikar

Our society is ridden with superstition

In India our special feature seems to be to import superstitions that originated elsewhere and improve on them.

08 Dec 2018 7:24 AM

Chaos, catastrophe and mathematics

Chaos as a subject, as a part of mathematics tries to probe apparent chaotic conditions so as to find the underlying reason.

16 Sep 2018 12:03 AM

Abolishing merit ranking a good idea

If you pause and think a bit you will appreciate how difficult it is to attain the honour of the wooden spoon.

05 Jul 2018 6:18 AM

‘No work but full pay’ defies all logic

The Prefect could no longer control the mob and a loud bell tolled to announce that the session was adjourned till the next day.

25 May 2018 2:28 AM

The many joys of learning science

Famous scientist Michael Faraday had realised the importance of practicals in teaching science and stressed on it.

24 Apr 2018 12:33 AM


Time is money: Why must we waste it?

Bhaskaracharya has been credited with highly readable texts in mathematics and astronomy.

31 Jan 2018 1:30 AM

Time and its unidirectional flow

Getting down from the train we went to read the ad and figure out its significance if any.

12 Dec 2017 4:53 AM

There’s nothing absolute about time

As the shrinking star approaches the state of a black hole, its environment encounters stronger effect of its gravitational attraction.

28 Sep 2017 6:12 AM

When scientists are irrational

Despite professing to be scientists many of them are subject to superstitions and beliefs in miracles performed by godmen.

20 Jul 2017 2:19 AM

Help those in need, but avoid quotas

The affirmative action required should improve their capabilities as well as respect their self-confidence.

04 Jul 2017 5:43 AM


Some exciting glimpses of the cosmos and beyond

So the author describes how anomalies in the motion of planet Uranus were a cause of worry.

09 Jun 2017 2:48 AM

TV sets in the cosmos?

In science the tradition has been to advance physical theories and check their predictions against a suitable test.

14 Apr 2017 3:22 AM

How many cheers for democracy?

If war is to be avoided, the recourse is generally through the imposition of economic sanctions.

10 Mar 2017 2:40 AM

How a good teacher operates...

Not every teacher can copy the Feynman style of jumping up and down, raising and lowering the voice, etc.

22 Feb 2017 12:45 AM

Wonderful world of mathematics

In 1957, the Soviet Union launched its first satellite, the Sputnik, which marked the advent of space technology.

28 Jan 2017 1:21 AM


Here’s why science declined in India

The book was translated in Arabic and was highly regarded even by those outside the subcontinent.

14 Dec 2016 6:05 AM

Discoveries take science by surprise

Einstein went for a completely new version of gravitation which he called the general theory of relativity.

29 Nov 2016 12:44 AM