Coton is a quaint little town in Cambridgeshire, very close to my department – the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge. I have been to the place once before with my labmates and ventured forth on another such trip yesterday. There is a cosy little pub called ‘The Plough’ and my colleagues David, Hugo and Alex went along […]Read more "The Creepy Causeways of Coton"
Recently the NASA Juno space-project released a number of photographs that it had taken of Jupiter, the planet. These were pictures of Nubes Caeleste, ‘Celestial Clouds’ on the planet. For a planet usually regarded as the Giant Planet with the Big Red Eye, a raging storm on the surface of the planet, these pictures show a completely […]Read more "Nubes Caeleste"
James Maxwell is a name that is often associated with a revolution in physics that matched the transformation which was initiated by Newton himself, in the field, a century previously. Maxwell’s most notable achievement was to conceive the classical theory of electromagnetism. He was the first to bring together electricity, magnetism and light as different […]Read more "Maxwell and Cavendish (Laboratory)"
Over the years that I have been at Cambridge, many of my friends have asked me about the luminaries associated with my alma mater Christ’s College in the twentieth and twenty-first century. The college may have produced two of the greatest alumni of Cambridge: Milton and Darwin, but besides an often-not-adequately recognised JC Bose, many […]Read more "Luminaries of Christ’s College, Cambridge"
Even as the Festival of Lights – Diwali comes along, (arguably) the last thing that may come to someone’s mind is this photo: However, for me, this photo encapsulates much more than either the proverbial good vs. evil battle or some loony analogy to the Ram-Ravana war made just for the sake of making one. […]Read more "To (not) turn to the Dark Side"
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) is one of my favorite writers when it comes to women’s writings, because of her strong and yet lucid style of writing. She was an English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women’s rights. During her brief career, she wrote novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution and a children’s book, among other […]Read more "Wollstonecraft and Women"
Who is anyone to empower women?’ were the electrifying words by Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) and BJP leader, that rang across the venue-hall as she highlighted how women are the powerhouses of any family at the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons summit, jointly organised by United Nations Office on Drugs and […]Read more "The Saxe Heart"