There are a lot of valid reasons to get into a fight. If somebody looks at you funny. If somebody talks about your mom. If somebody is disrespectful to your spouse. If somebody gives you a crappy nickname. But what if you get accused of farting in public? It’s happened. A few nights ago in […]
Several years ago a friend shared this passage from the book Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. with me. It struck me then and every time I’ve read it since, it makes me pause and think. It hits close to home when I think about dating and relationships. He knew why he wanted to kiss her. Because…
Definitely makes you think for a second about the whys and hows of people falling for each other, and how emotions evolve and complicate as we reach different phases in life…
Banaras or Kashi is every traveller’s dream. One of the oldest inhabited cities of the world where a river is revered to the extent that many seek death at its banks, where Shiva is ubiquitous and where Hindus and Muslims live in perfect harmony, each religion colouring the city in its unique grandeur. It was […]
Ah! …for that is my city… its dark.. and dingy.. and full of ghosts and spirits.. there is spirituality and enlightment… and a confluence of the old and the new… and of everything in between…
“We read to prepare for life. It follows, then, that we are raising our boys to dismiss other people’s experiences, and to see their needs and concerns as the center of things. We are raising our boys to lack empathy.”
I’ve always been a proponent of writing in books, even dog-earing pages on occasion. To me, that’s just showing the book a little love.
When I’m finished with a novel, I want the novel to look like I’ve read it. And what better way to do that than writing my thoughts in the margins?
Mortimer Adler wrote a book appropriately called How to Read a Book. Time recently published an excerpt in which Adler explains why you shouldn’t be ashamed to write in your books.
I love this.
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In a pivotal scene in the Stephen Hawking biopic, The Theory of Everything, the physicist is staring into the embers of a dying fire when he has an epiphany: black holes emit heat!
The next scene shows Hawking triumphantly announcing his result to a stunned audience — and just like that, his insight vaults him into the ranks of scientific stardom.
This story is inspirational. But as the physicist Leonard Mlodinow points out in a recent New York Times op-ed, it’s not at all how Hawking’s breakthrough actually happened…
In reality, Hawking had encountered a theory by two Russian physicists that argued rotating black holes should emit energy until they slowed to a stationary configuration.
Hawking, who at the time was a promising young scientist who had not yet made his mark, was intrigued, but also skeptical.
So he decided to look deeper .
In the (many) months that followed, Hawking trained his preternatural analytical skill to investigate the validity of the Russians’ claims. This task required any number of minor breakthroughs, all orbiting the need to somehow reconcile (in a targeted way) both quantum theory and relativity.
This was really hard work.
The number of physicists at the time with enough specialized training and grit to follow through this investigation probably wouldn’t have filled a moderate size classroom.
But Hawking persisted.
And to his eventual “surprise and annoyance,” his mathematics confirmed an even more shocking conclusion: even stationary black holes can emit heat.
There was no fireside eureka moment, but instead a growing awareness that gained traction as the mathematics were refined and checked again and again.
“Compelling careers often have complex origins that reject the simple idea that all you have to do is follow your passion…”
Its remarkable, how accurate this man can be, when describing students and careers.