The Fascinating Mathematics behind Holograms

What’s a Hologram? A hologram is a physical structure that uses light diffraction to make an image, the image can appear to be three dimensional. Holography is the science and practice of making holograms. Typically, a hologram is a photographic recording of a light field, rather than an image formed…

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To spoon-feed or to allow flexibility?

“I don’t read, I proofread” – this is a boon and bane I live with every day. Little details pop out to me and I feel compelled to correct or change them – not always a pleasant experience, in fact, quite the contrary. Everyone around me – family, friends, colleagues…

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Awesome Asimov – Why Scientists should be Writers

I recently finished reading the book ‘Today and Tomorrow and’ by Isaac Asimov. Asimov needs no introduction to Science Fiction fans – he has been immortalised by his series of Science Fiction novels (none of which I have read, by the way). This book is a collection of essays Asimov…

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Why don’t we get high on Idli and Dosa?

Two weeks ago, my 9th-grade student and I were discussing the synthesis of alcohol by the process of fermentation. After going through the synthesis reactions in detail, our discussion moved to other instances of fermentation in our everyday experience. She immediately recognised Idli and Dosa batter formation and we wound…

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Leaving Reason Behind for the Sake of Sensationalism

Generating Curiosity: “Forget what you learned in high school, this new carbon molecule has 6 bonds” – proclaimed the title of an article that popped up on my Facebook news feed. This certainly piqued my interest, although I was skeptical about their claim of forgetting what we learned in high…

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