The University of Cambridge recently lost a crown jewel in Professor Stephen Hawking, with the renowned physicist passing away at the age of 76, on 14 March 2018. Interestingly, having been born on the 300th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s death, Professor Hawking passed away on the 139th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s birth. My message of condolence on the […]Read more "Remembering Professor Stephen Hawking"
There was recently a beautiful exhibition on ‘SciArt’ (Art using, from and about Science) at my department (Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge). On 20th March 2018, to be precise. It was a beautiful dialogue, of sorts, between the realms of science and arts. From fractals representing self-similarity to ‘God’s Toolbox’, it was an interesting mix […]Read more "Sci-Art"
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"