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What’s the go of it? – James Clerk Maxwell

Recently read this book on a flight. It’s a very quick read. What struck me especially was how he built an ‘imaginary’ mechanical model to explain electromagnetic results, that ultimately led to the famous maxwell equations. I took a snapshot of a page that I particularly liked. This is something that strikes a personal chord […]

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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

I recently had the opportunity to read a couple of books on Omar Khayyam. His name always seemed familiar, and I’m glad I somehow stumbled on these two books – one is called Samarkand (novel by Amin Maalouf) which takes the reader on a temporal and spatial journey across Persia (Iran) following a fictional manuscript […]

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Measuring the world

Recently I have been reading science fiction books. Not the Isaac Asimov types, but fictional stories which are loosely based on scientists. The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth Trilogy was an excellent series with stories about Kepler, Newton, Galileo and Einstein. Another book which I’ve just finished is Measuring the World, which portrays the lives of Gauss […]

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Of Kepler, Galileo and the Sky’s Dark Labyrinth

It is no surprise to people who know me, that I am quite ignorant about history and geography, among other things. If you were to ask me what century Galileo lived in, I couldn’t tell you (16th – 17th). The possibility that Galileo and Kepler lived during the same time period and on the same continent, […]

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