Understand the history and mind boggling concept of the Higgs Boson (AKA the God Particle as the media like to call it) in under 10 minutes.

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.…

NASA's New Horizons Space ProbeOn January the 19th 2006, NASA launched a celebrated robotic spacecraft at a whopping 16.25 km/s (Earth-relative) velocity towards what was then the very last member of our solar system, Pluto.

The spacecraft, quite aptly named New Horizons, is scheduled to fly by the dwarf planet by the 14th of July, 2015 and then continue towards the Kuiper belt.…

I still do not know why somebody said ‘All good things end,’ but they did and they did.

Today was the last day of the Astronomy lecture-workshop hosted by Yuvaraja’s College, Mysore and convened by the Science Academies of India. If you have not read them already, you can see what happened on the first day, here; and go through my report of the events on the second day, here.…

Today I attended the second day of the Science Academies’ lecture-workshop on astrophysics. Continuing from yesterday (you can read the update here), Professors G Srinivasan and Biman Nath gave their last lectures for this event. And two new speakers, Prof Uday Shankar, a radio astronomer at the Raman Research Institute and Dr Sreekumar, an ex-NASA scientist now working at ISRO, joined us with their lectures on Radio and X-ray Astrophysics respectively.…

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.…

I’m an aspiring physicist. I don;t stand jokes cracked about my kind. And we don;t often crack anything we end up on the wrong end of (no pun intended.) But every now and then the layman would love a sip of all those jokes the physics community shares so I decided to put up ten of the many timeless ones—not too technical, yet not too far from the discipline. …

 

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.

Nobody can quite say which of these two men’s great words outdo the other. As Thomas Carlyle said, “History may be called, more generally still, the Message, verbal or written, which all Mankind delivers to everyman,” or, as Lord Kelvin himself put it, “When you can measure what you are talking about and express it in numbers, you know something about it.”

Although I knew the answer, I have been pondering over the need to study history ever since fifth grade when I first remember studying it.…

Recently, a magnet became available on forever21.com with the statement ‘I’m too pretty to do math’. After the company received complaints, they removed the magnet from their website.

It’s pretty disgraceful that Forever 21 would sell a magnet that perpetuates such a ridiculous stereotype.…

The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself.

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