The Scientific Indian

Archives for August, 2007

What is Space

I am sitting in the smallest room in the house and thinking, Space is crazy. Space is where Euclid’s parallel lines never meet. Space is where Einstein’s rays of light bend for gravitational winds. Space is almost all of everything there is. Compared to the volume of space around, even the largest structures in the…

Links

A review of John Gribbin’s The Scientists at balancinglife, by Sunil. Holding a Program in One’s Head, a spiffy essay on how to create software, by Paul Graham.

Finding the websites that link to you

Technorati tracks blogs. But, google may tell you more.

Origami Masks

by Christine Edison. (via BLDGBLOG)

Publishing on the web

Warren Ellis, the colorful British writer, writes about Burst Culture. * Every day, millions of people download single lumps of data that take them three minutes to consume. They’re called mp3s. It’s a burst culture. Embrace the idea for a while. * Bursts aren’t contentless, nor do they denote the end of Attention Span. If…

Check it out. There’s a lot of tips for writing science as fiction. Rebecca Goldstein, MacArthur fellow, novelist, writes I have come to believe, over the years, that literary fiction is remarkably suited to grappling – as philosophy and science grapple – with the difficulties of reconciling objective truth with inner points of view. Science…

Bullies

From the TheScian.com August Newsletter: I want to share an incident that happened yesterday at my 3 year old neice’s birthday party. A few families were invited and the kids were playing inside an inflated house – they call that bouncy-castle – with two entranes through which the kids could crawl in. The kids were…

Kid Nation Reality Show on CBS

CBS likes Lord of the Flies. What better way to show the appreciation than to use it for a reality show[NYT]. What did you say? Kids are not adults? Come on, don’t be so naive. Kids acting like adults makes for a more entertaning show. No? “Kid Nation,” which is scheduled to have its premiere…

Poverty is part of India’s story

Poverty is part of India’s story writes Peter Foster (Telegraph) in his blog that expands on his earlier article. I am in agreement with Foster on the apathy among well-to-do Indians although I think he makes some generalizations about middle class that are not necessarily true. His statements reflect his anger and passion and I…

Godless in the City of Joy

A CBS Video with, shall we say, new revelations on Mother Theresa. Shortly after beginning work in Calcutta’s slums, the spirit leaves her. “Where is my faith?” she writes. “Even deep down … there is nothing but emptiness and darkness. … If there be God — please forgive me.” … The letters were gathered by…