Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton.  I almost feel as though I’m writing about an old friend.  Gravitation, Optics, Force and Motion, Thermodynamics, calculus, statistics, binomial theorem ; any chapter in the eleventh and twelfth standard physics and math textbooks will devote a lot of space to him. Almost omnipresent. It wouldn’t be wrong to call him the father of classical physics as we know it. Isaac Newton was born on January 4 1643 in Lincolnshire. His family wanted him to continue in the family occupation of farming but Newton found it boring, instead building accurate sundials when not in school. He studied

GEORGE WESTINGHOUSE – “Bringing the Railway train to a halt!”

After witnessing a train wreck, where the two engineers saw each other but were unable to stop the train in time using the existing breaks as the brakemen from car to car applied brakes on each car manually, George Westinghouse devised a rail road braking system using compressed air, when he was only 22 years old, in 1869. The Locomotive had a reservoir and a valve and a single pipe that ran along the entire length of the train, allowing the engineer to simultaneously apply breaks on all the cars and refill the system with air that filled up the

Hence proved-Science, magic, religion; They are all the same!!”

Heard about Anthropology? Well, It’s the study of societies around the world and the nature of their behavior and cultures. That means basically an anthropologist is supposed to study the progress made by mankind and behavior of different cultures and pass his judgment about it! Sir James George Frazer was one of the pioneers of anthropological studies. He was born on 1-January 1854 in Glasgow, Scotland. Since his childhood, he was terribly interested in religious customs and society’s traditions. As he grew up, he began to research about ancient customs and how they came about at Cambrige University and was

Frank Ross Anderson: The Master Tactician

You could be the king, you could be the queen, you could be a whole army and fight wars without moving an inch, such is the beauty of chess. Chess not only helps you build your focus and concentration, but it also teaches you a lot about life itself, and the value of grit. There are different styles of playing chess and each of these styles reveal much about ones personality, even if you just play chess in your leisure time and not professionally. The game can tell a lot about you, even without you knowing about it. Frank Ross

ASPIRINg for no headaches- Felix Hoffmann

Headache.  A word that strikes fear in the head of many people. Now, imagine if we didn’t have a simple cure for it. That’s how the world would be if it wasn’t for Felix Hoffmann. Felix Hoffmann was born in January 1868 in Ludwigsburg- a small industrial town near Munich, Germany. He completed his education in the university of Munich obtaining a doctorate in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. His teacher, Nobel Prize winning scientist Adolf Von Baeyer was so impressed by him that he convinced him to join the newly started  German pharmaceutical company Bayer  as a research scientist. Willow bark is

Eugene Augustine Lauste: From freeze frame to motion pictures

Our world is visually more vibrant and diverse than anyone of us could possibly have imagined, and some of us have been blessed with the gift of vision, but it is not what one sees, but what one perceives that he can understand, for the rest is all just a trick, too fast for us to realise. The human eye retains an image for one about 1/10th of a second in our brain, anything that happens faster than that is just a continuous motion, but its discrete nature is oblivious to our naked eye. The motion picture during its inception

Edward Teller: The Father of Hydrogen Bomb.

Over the decades nothing has sparked a greater debate over the safety of the human race, than the matters related to the use of nuclear technology. The world witnessed a shocking incident in 1945 when the Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed taking over 129,000 lives. This remains the only use of nuclear weapons in warfare history, but the world hasn’t stopped at it, they continue to research and develop nuclear weapons for their safety. Even nuclear energy projects, if not handled carefully can be disastrous as evident from the Chernobyl Accident in 1986. Although this debate hasn’t quite suggested us

Dian Fossey: Saviour to the denizens of the mist.

As a kid, we were fascinated by the stories of The Legend of Tarzan, a feral child, adopted by the gorillas and lived his childhood and adolescence in the wilderness of the jungles of Africa. He was a character, although, primitive in his habits, an admirable character, because of his character. When we talk of the jungles of Africa, we can never not keep ourselves from the “denizens of the mist”, the mountain gorillas. These gentle giants are an endangered species, and especially in the 1960’s and the 70’s when these Gorillas fell victim to the poachers, falling into traps

Stepping into the light – the Story of DeWitt Bristol Brace.

Light as we know existed as long back in time as we can comprehend. Our perception about light however has changed over the years. In the 19th century, all the scientists believed that for anything to propagate there must exist a medium. So to understand the concept of propagation of light, a hypothesis, that there exists infinite ether in the universe through which the light propagated, was accepted globally until the concept of electromagnetic waves came along. Prior to Newton, Christiaan Huygens had hypothesized that light was a wave that propagated through ether, but Newton rejected this idea. This was

Now you see me!

Imagine looking at a painting of a scenery and the same scenery through a window, both having same dimensions. If you halved the dimensions of both, the painting and the window. You wouldn’t be able to relish the complete scenery with the painting now, would you?  The same would be the case with the window. However, if you changed your view point, you would be able to regain the original scenery by standing at a certain point. This is the basic difference between a photograph and a holograph. Dennis Gabor was born on June 5, 1900 in Budapest, Hungary then