While I have often said that the community of physicists works for the common gaining of knowledge and to derive infinite mental pleasure out of that, I have also asserted that little is done towards blindly implementing it—that is what engineers are for: the Engineering – this is where the semi-skilled workers realize the work of better minds… [The] Oompah-Loompahs of science, as Sheldon Cooper puts it.…

As one of my three-part series on the The Science Academies’ three-day lecture workshop on astronomy—which I am attending presently—here are the proceedings of the inaugural first day.

The Science Academies

Convenor R Srinivasan speaking at the start of the functionThe three day workshop focusing on undergraduate and graduate students of physics was convened by Dr R Srinivasan, a Fellow of The Science Academies—an association of the three leading science academies in India: the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore; the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi; and the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad.…

 

The 15 conversations/quotes I have listed below are among my many personal favourites. If you have any of your own, do share them below!

1.

Sheldon: I made tea. 
Leonard: I don’t want tea. 
Sheldon: I didn’t make tea for you.

Physicists are more like avant-garde composers, willing to bend traditional rules… Mathematicians are more like classical composers.

I think physicists are the Peter Pans of the human race. They never grow up and they keep their curiosity.

Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you’d have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.

I remember seeing, once before, the anatomy of a pair of trousers drawn with chalk on a piece of cloth soon to become part of somebody’s wardrobe. The alien-looking design was nothing like I had expected and it was only then that the tailor appeared to me to have put on the cloak of genius.…