“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Isaac Newton Keeping curiosity alive This famous quote by Newton has been an inspiration to many students of Science, I am one among them. Two years ago, in July 2018, I had started to learn something…View More Standing on the shoulders of giants
The ubiquitous ‘e’ Most of us in the English-speaking world know that ‘e’ is the most used letter of the English language. If you do not believe me, try writing a sentence without the letter ‘e’ in it. You will succeed, but the difficulty you will face will prove my…View More E for Elegance
Number literacy begins as early as kindergarten. Kids sing and dance while learning numbers. Trust me, everything seems blissfully easy and fun at that stage of life for most kids. I remember singing this rhyme with actions “One two buckle my shoe, three four shut the door…”. I also remember…View More A Stitch In Time Saves Nine
Reflection As we continue to be in a suspended state of existence with small windows of social activity, I continue my contemplation on the state of education. I found something I had written a few years ago, which I thought is worth pondering. The term “student-centric education” is the most…View More Student-Centric Education – is it just a myth?
“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet Introduction Despite the wide popularity of the Shakespeare quote regarding names, we associate specificity to names. Have you ever pondered on the stories behind names? Names of…View More What’s in a name?
As we continue to be under lock-down, I believe it is even more essential to engage ourselves and our families in healthy pursuits. This is necessary so that we are in the right frame of mind to forge ahead into our altered lives once the lock-down gradually recedes. Children especially…View More Exploring complex concepts through simple activities
Coping with crisis: Owing to COVID19 crisis, we have gone through a few weeks of lock-down now and have a few more weeks ahead of us. We have had to establish a new order of things at our homes. Multiple generations of family members are at home all the time.…View More Ways to keep children engaged during the lock-down
I continue here from my previous articles. If you haven’t read them yet, please do so here in Part 1 and Part 2. The power of periodicity: There is a day every month that the Indians offer their prayers to their ancestors or the departed which is on the New…View More My journey with Astronomy – Part 3
I continue here from my previous article. If you haven’t read that yet, please do. The science behind ಮಕರ ಸಂಕ್ರಾಂತಿ (Makara Sankranti): Indian traditions follow two approaches to the calendar – the sun-based ಸೌರಮಾನ (sauramaana) approach and the moon-based ಚಾಂದ್ರಮಾನ (chaandramaana) approach. The time measured using each approach is based…View More My journey with Astronomy – Part 2
Tickling the brain: I recently read this book – What if the Earth stopped spinning and 24 other mysteries by Roopa Pai. I am currently reading Imperial Earth by Arthur C Clarke. Both these books have evoked a fresh sense of intrigue in me. My curiosity is heightened beyond its…View More Nurturing curiosity through questions