Category Archives: Science

Notes on Literature: Chance, Fundamental Laws, and Narratives

Despite being a talk by no less an intellectual personage than Murray Gell-Mann himself, Beauty, truth and … physics? is a warm, charming, clear, no-nonsense, and non-technical exposition of the aesthetic framework underlying the laws of fundamental physics. Yet, that’s not … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature / Quotes: Radio Sets, Steampunk

I have written before (here) about what I believe underlies the enduring pop-cultural fascination with the speculative/alternate-historical fiction genre known as Steampunk. My opinion in a nutshell is this: In a world where the technologies driving it are fast becoming … Continue reading

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Notes on Writing: Writing Science, the Obsessions of Science Writers

The best science writers do not write science; they write cultural histories. With the single-minded obsession of an auteur meticulously putting together a motion picture, they tease out the narratives underlying the human efforts to make sense of the Universe. … Continue reading

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Notes and Musings on Literature and Movies: A Cosmic Shift

At one point of time, in awe of majestic cosmic questions, I scoffed at the mundane everyday world of easy familiarity, routines, and relationships. How, I wondered, could the trivial details of human existence and its everyday mechanics be even … Continue reading

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Notes on Reading: Reading Lives

I feel the fundamental question underlying biography reading is: Why? Why the life of this person? Why only this person? Why Murray Gell-Mann but not John Archibald Wheeler? Why Isaac Asimov but not Robert Anson Heinlein? Why Richard Feynman but not Edward … Continue reading

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Notes on Science: Let There Be Light!: An Irreverent and Incomplete Narrative of Physics in 610 words

Everything is a process at some level. – Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen in The Science of Discworld With this post I intend to initiate—what I hope will become—a recurrent theme in this blog: the crystallisation of the … Continue reading

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