Category Archives: Physics and Mathematics

Articles and notes on Physics and Mathematics (and everything in between).

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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Do you like humans?

I have lately been playing around with Allo, an instant messaging mobile app by Google. Among other interesting features, the app comes with a virtual assistant which when asked its name tells the user (rather plainly) to call it her/his Google Assistant. … Continue reading

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On Strings and Perspectives

This week has been really interesting. IISER Pune is hosting the eighth edition of the biennial Indian Strings Meeting. For the uninitiated, string theory is one of the many different approaches to a theory of quantum gravity (a theory which … Continue reading

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Knots (and a lot many things)

Prof. Louis H. Kauffman is here at IISER Pune for a few days. For a man of his age (he’ll turn 72 the coming February), he hardly shows any signs of frailty – he has given three (pretty long) talks … Continue reading

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Random Matrices

Random Matrix Theory comprises of some of the most beautiful ideas in modern day mathematics. Popularised extensively by the works of Eugene Wigner and Freeman Dyson in the 1950s (after being first used by John Wishart in mathematical statistics), the theory of … Continue reading

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