Author Archives: Anup Anand Singh

Celebrating the Cosmos

Standing under the night sky, humans for long have been staring at the stars; thinking and questioning about the vast expanse of universe that surrounds them. This curiosity, innate to all of us, has been the driving force behind the evolution of human knowledge. Continue reading

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ICTS at Ten!

Entering the second decade of its existence, the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (ICTS-TIFR) is organising a three-day-long celebratory scientific gathering ICTS at Ten starting today. The speakers include some of the most … Continue reading

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Chaos and Creation in the Bard’s Backyard

The nice thing about chaos is that it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to think of a system that will display some sort of chaos. The not-so-nice thing about chaos is that it makes it very, very difficult to study such systems. Continue reading

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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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