The Scientific Indian

Archives for October, 2007

[via Times Online] Dr Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and author of “Avoid Boring People”, says that he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really.”. He…

Stopping those paper catalog mails

Go here. A free service that asks companies to stop sending paper catalogs to you. [via Joel On Software]

Maniacal Mannequins

By Ibrahim Lukman, a Syrian artist [via Spiegel] A video of another installation. Intense. Like a slap in the face.

Sleeping with bed bugs

Here’s a BBC news that reports on a study about bed bugs that is so confusing that I can’t make out what is really being suggested. At the beginning, there is this: “bugs cannot survive in the warm, dry conditions found in an unmade bed” Unmade bed is bad for bugs, and good for you,…

Formulae for the 21st century

An exhibition of equations. A proper nerd’s day out last sunday in London. Here’s an equation I love, by Alison Gopnik’s.

Learning new languages

Advice from a very cool multi-lingual guy. The first thing I advise people to do when they think they know a language well enough is to shut up. You don’t learn a language to tell people what YOU think, you learn it to understand what THEY think. And hopefully what THEY think will change or…

Burmese junta’s repression of monks

An Independent article. “There were about 400 of us in one room. No toilets, no buckets, no water for washing. No beds, no blankets, no soap. Nothing,” said a 24-year-old monk who was held for 10 days at the Government Technical Institute, a leafy college in northern Rangoon which is now a prison camp for…

What Kind of Reader Are You?

Via Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

J.R.D. Tata and Science

I’ve been re-reading JRD Tata’s Keynote: Excerpts from his speeches and chairman’s statements to shareholders. It’s a collection of speeches JRD gave on various occasions that trace his thoughts on India, business and future. In a speech given on November 2, 1943, he spoke to the Bombay Rotary Club marking a decade of airmail service…

High on Pi

It’s one of the most wonderful, confounding, nerve-racking and sublime mathematical conundrum of all times. In the spin of quantum mechanics, in the accretion of galactic clouds, in a little girl’s twirl, when a pebble is dropped on a quiet lake; wherever and whenever there is rotation, it lurks, right at the center. This then,…