Author Archives: Anup Anand Singh

Why I Loved Fluid Dynamics as a Kid (and Still Do)

Like many other Physics undergraduate/graduate students, my first introduction to Prof. Julia Yeomans was as the author of the brilliantly written textbook Statistical Mechanics of Phase Transitions. Prof. Yeomans is a theoretical physicist at the University of Oxford who does some pretty cool stuff involving bacterial swimmers and water drops on hydrophobic surfaces among many other things. Continue reading

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Adieu, Maryam…

To Maryam Mirzakhani, one of the finest mathematicians of our times, who passed away yesterday. Continue reading

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All Those Years Ago

What’s the decade dearest to a Beatles-loving physics enthusiast? The 60s, of course! Continue reading

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Random Matrices in Three Short Stories – III

Why do we want a quantum theory of gravity? We just want it, okay? Hold on, this isn’t me. This was the American theoretical physicist John Preskill at a conference earlier this year. And though, in almost all probability, he was trying to be funny, this does give an idea about how difficult (and often, frustrating) it is for theoretical physicists to answer why-do-we-want-this or what-use-doing-that questions. Continue reading

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Random Matrices in Three Short Stories – II

If you ever happen to be in a conversation with someone with a devout love for number theory, it won’t be long before the conversation will evolve into one about prime numbers – about how fascinating these elementary, yet mystical creatures are and about how despite their apparent randomness, there is an intriguing rhythm, a captivating music in their distribution. Continue reading

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Random Matrices in Three Short Stories

The first story begins with that of my personal hero, Freeman John Dyson. Growing up as a kid in England in the period between the two of the most disastrous wars this planet has seen, Dyson developed a strong interest for everything numbers. This interest, quite naturally, evolved into a passion for physics and mathematics. Continue reading

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Mimamsa: Stories from Behind the Scenes

The past weekend saw a gruelling but very exhilarating contest for the coveted winner’s trophy of what we at IISER Pune love to call the toughest undergraduate Science quiz in India. Mimamsa, in its ninth edition in 2017, had teams from IISc Bengaluru, … Continue reading

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