On Physics and Hinduism

Image courtesy, Be good stewards of mother earth.
Image courtesy, Be good stewards of mother earth.

At the entrance to the Centre for European Nuclear Research (CERN) stands a 2 metre tall statue of the Hindu deity, Nataraja (see above). To the unaware, it looks like something out of place: something that does not belong in one of the world’s largest scientific research institutions. But it is only one instance of the compatibility between physics and Hinduism. Continue reading

On Physicists and the law: how society has misplaced its views of science and its community

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.

But, fun apart, my argument has always been struck, perhaps even beheaded many a time in the past. And today, I learned the height of it all—although I was quite late in finding out. Continue reading

Astronomy lecture-workshop — Day 1

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 Science Academies conducts regular Three-day Lecture Workshops all over the country, focusing on various disciplines; and this particular one was organised by the physics department of Yuvaraja’s College in Mysore, under the University of Mysore. Continue reading

15 of the best quotes from The Big Bang Theory

 

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. This is my tea. 
Leonard: Then why are you telling me? 
Sheldon: It’s a conversation starter. 
Leonard: That’s a lousy conversation starter. 
Sheldon: Oh, is it? We’re conversing. Checkmate.

2.

Sheldon: Why are you crying? 
Penny: Because I’m stupid! 
Sheldon: That’s no reason to cry. One cries because one is sad.
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