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An acquaintance with the Virtual God- Joseph Weizenbaum

Humans are the most intellectual creation that has walked the face of this earth and it won’t be long before we lose our title to “something” else. A product of our very own creation what we now know as Artificial Intelligence. We are moving towards a time when the machines are going to be more human than humans themselves. The current technology, no matter how well it can mimic human interaction, lacks the base human emotions and it’s not going to be a huge leap from where we stand to overcome this. Most of us know about Siri, the personal

An Invention that Shocked the World – The Story of Joseph Erlanger.

The 10% myth, that a person has access to only 10% of his brain and that he could indeed unlock and access unchartered territories of his mind is nothing but a pipe dream, but given the number of neurons and the amount of information that each of them stores, inclusive of the genetics and other factors is immensely huge. We are capable of storing the entire amount of information on the internet at present in our brain. Sounds Fascinating, doesn’t it? The study of the human brain and the nervous systems is known as neuroscience.  And thanks to Joseph Erlanger

Joseph Strauss: Bridging the Gap

Bridges are one of the most significant creations by mankind, which has help saved a lot of time and effected the economy to a largely. This one creation is a literal example for creating your own path when you can find no other way, that it is we who can make our destiny, rather than just being the consequences. Bridges predates back to 3000 years, the Roman Arch. Until the 18th Century most of the bridges that were built were built using stones, chiselled granites or concrete, but with the industrial revolution in the 1760’s, leading to new manufacturing processes

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

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

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