What can happen when you chase numbers!

May 21, 2017

Dilip D’Souza in Mint

Some recent reads

May 20, 2017

Mirrored mind: my life in letters and code by Vikram Chandra. A very interesting read.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Enjoyed!

Ashokamitran: RIP

March 23, 2017

Remembering his 18-aavadhu atchakkodu and the discussions with my friend Ela! Also liked some of his reminiscences. Will be missed.

Condensed Matter / Nano

March 1, 2017

Primer from Doug Natelson: worth bookmarking!


February 28, 2017

Is very demanding! His speech at IISc in 1927.

Andrea Wulff’s The Invention of Nature

February 14, 2017

This biography of Humboldt by Andrea Wulff is inspiring and is a must-read. Strongly recommended!

RIP: Prof. Vishveshwara

January 17, 2017

Sorry to hear the passing away of Prof. Vishveshwara. I first met him  (and, I think, Prof. Saraswathi Vishveshwara) on a train journey from Mumbai — which turned out to be unforgettable since, as we were reaching Bangalore we heard about the abduction of the actor Rajkumar, and there were issues about local transportation. Soft spoken and known for his work with the planetarium, Prof. Vishveshwara will be missed.

Venky Ramakrishnan on high-impact vanity journals

January 15, 2017

On the other end is the pressure to publish in Science, Nature and Cell, what I call ‘high-impact vanity journals’. People are taking shortcuts to publish papers in these journals. So that’s also creating very bad pressures.

If you publish in a good, solid journal, if it is a nice piece of work it shouldn’t matter that it is not in some high-impact journals. It’s the failure of the system to evaluate the work rather than where it is published.

From the Hindu.

Sarah Bakewell’s At the existentialist cafe

December 14, 2016

A nice read — mixing philosophy and biographical details of protaganists. Will make you search for some of the books on existentialism and read them. Strongly recommended. Here is a review.

Russell James’ Tenure hacks

November 28, 2016

Read on the recommendation of Xykademiqz. Good read, espeically, if you are an early stage academic. Some of the parts might not be relevant for us in India. However, on the whole, gives a very different perspective to teaching and research.