Archive for July 12th, 2006

Tributes to Raja Rao — I

July 12, 2006

Not unexpectedly, the first set of links of tributes to Raja Rao appears in Kitabkhana. From one of the tributes:

But here at last is an image of Raja Rao that might stand for the author as well as the man: not a saint, not an icon, but the priest in his confessional, listening in silence, offering understanding, and absolution.

Reading Kanthapura in college was a liberating experience. It was the key to our own world, and to a wider world. The fierce discussions sparked off by Raja Rao’s novel of a village whose slow life-cycles are savagely interrupted by revolution led us inevitably to Manohar Malgaonkar, Bankimchandra, O V Vijayan. And Kanthapura also let us claim the work of Chinua Achebe and Naguib Mahfouz.

Take a look!

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Unix-ing and math-ing!

July 12, 2006

Learn unix in 10 minuteslink via Digg

UMP — a math tool — looks really cool — take a look at the screenshots, for example. Link, again, via digg.

Materials scince!

July 12, 2006

The latest issue of PNAS features a set of articles on multidisciplinary cluster dynamics: take a look — especially this article, which talks about clusters in materials science. While you are at it, this article about packing, tiling, and covering with tetrahedra by Conway and Torquato in the same issue might also be of interest to some of you. Have fun!

Books that would make you

July 12, 2006

skip work, and read on! Here is the story from NPR.

Sentence of the day!

July 12, 2006

A proof is a story.

Ian Stewart in his Letters to a young mathematician, which, by the way is a nice read..