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The number one needs no introduction. It kick-starts an infinite sequence of natural numbers. Oft referred to as unit, it’s a singular entity that occupies the mezzanine between composites and primes. So much for numero uno. But what’s really special about strings of ones? Turns out, enough to obsess over…

Life has a contingency. It will end someday for each of us. Deep inside, we all know it. Knowing is one thing, but living as though it could happen at any moment is whole another. We are told not to fear death. There is truth in that. It can loom…

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Contingent this passing beat
Is to One that went past
Conditioned the Present is
In a Timescape that’s Vast

Expectant this Moment is
Amid a Boundless Swirl
Mysterious, the Chosen is
And the future it unfurls

A touch of Calm Stillness
Tumults of Arriving Two
Flashes Bygone, are Wisps
We owe our…

It’s hard to imagine a world before digital computers. The only computers around were humans! They factored numbers by hand and confirmed primality. Numbers exceeding ten million were considered hard to factor. In the early 1920s, a dynamic, father-son duo — Derrick Norman Lehmer and Derrick Henry Lehmer, mathematicians and…

The Ladies’ Diary Cover Page: Circa 1740. Image Source: maa.org

Newspaper

We don’t hear about newspapers nowadays. But there was a time when printed news on paper was the norm. Paperboy was a part-time gig for an adolescent that doesn’t exist today. By deftly maneuvering his bike, his job was delivering newspapers to households along his regular route. …

We enjoy the unique privilege of comprehending space and time. We trust our smartphones to steer us to our destination reliably. Navigation relies on two remarkable ideas under its hood:

  • Spatial (3D space) or Temporal (in time) orientation is only valid relative to a reference frame.

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From the first inflating gasp
The breath comes to pass
Forever stubborn to grasp
The last breath shall pass

Agonies that I bemoaned
Ecstasies that I felt last
Clumsy moments I shunned
Are feelings that didn’t last

An emotion grips my psyche
Its stranglehold in the present
That precious beat eludes…

Children’s Media Desk and Chair Set: Image (and assembly) by Author!

As she woke up from her bed,
Stepping down the staircase
“Today is tomorrow,” she said
Finger pointed at the case

With anticipation in the air
And a sense of entitlement
With her cool intrepid dare
Mixed in with excitement

“Good morning!” I diverted
“Did you sleep like a baby?”
“I slept…

The Large Hadron Collider. Image Courtesy: CERN LHC

In summer 2008, a commotion erupted and threatened to derail a highly anticipated, slightly overdue scientific discovery. Many careers, including mine, were on the line. We found ourselves swept up in a controversy, not of our making. Today, I stand in opposition with my younger self about global catastrophic risks…

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Constant veil of timeless poise
Is her sleight of hand
Donning a clever disguise
She only takes a stand

Every dawn must yield to dusk
Every spring to winter
Dainty grains couched in husk
Break away and splinter

Wild blooms in a meadow sprout
Sweetness in their scent
Wilt and wither wrought…

Dr. VK

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