Archive for July, 2006

An attitude called

July 31, 2006

Applied mathematics; here is my sentence(s) of the day!

Applied mathematics is not a subject classification. It is an attitude!

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Tributes to Raja Rao – V!

July 30, 2006

R Parthasarathy pays his in the Hindu:

“The style of a man . . . ,” he had written, “the way he weaves word against word . . . makes a comma here, puts a dash there: all are signs of the inner movement, . . . the nature of his thought.”

No Pakistan in Indian music!

July 30, 2006

Ram Guha reviews The lost world of Hindustani music. Books on music that are enjoyable are hard to come by — the only two I know of are Raga-n-Josh of Sheila Dhar and Great masters of Carnatic music by Indira Menon. I need to check if this book by Kumar Mukherji book can join the elite club!

Individual DNA strands!

July 30, 2006

Head over to Living the Scientific Life to take a look at!

Rejection and authors!

July 30, 2006

Authors always take rejection badly. They equate it with infanticide.

— P D James, Original Sin

Did you say unorthodox?

July 29, 2006

Maud Newton in unorthodox writing straegies says:

The late Charles Willeford (Miami Blues) on the secret to writing:

Never allow yourself to take a leak in the morning until you’ve written a page. That way you’re guaranteed a page a day, and at the end of a year you have a novel.

Does this strategy work for scientific writing too? Just wondering 😉

Didn’t I tell ya?

July 29, 2006

There is a perfection in mess, and, a table that looks messy does not necessarily mean ill-organised. Now, those of you who have seen my work table and my room would  understand how organised I have always been, I guess 😀

A differential geometry primer!

July 28, 2006

Tangents, normals, curvatures, grad, curl, Laplacian… Here is a nice primer on differential geometry published in the Reviews of Modern Physics. On the way, you might learn a bit of soft condensed matter too. According to the abstract, the necessary pre-requisite is just vector calculus:

This article presents an overview of the differential geometry of curves and surfaces using examples from soft matter as illustrations. The presentation requires a background only in vector calculus and is otherwise self-contained.

Here is a link to the preprint at arXiv. Nice and extremely readable article!

Ravi Dayal: tribute from Seminar!

July 28, 2006

Here is In memoriam: Ravi Dayal from tha July issue of Seminar.

Love of math and God!

July 28, 2006

So it was a love of math that preserved Archimedes’ work for the first thousand years — and a love of God that carried it to the present.

So ends an article about Archimedes Palimsest at NPR. It even has some details about the multispectral imaging and X-ray fluourescence imaging used to uncover the hidden text. Take a look!