Articles by: S K Venkatesan

Obituary: CreA Ramakrishnan and the art of defining the meaning of a Tamil word

Obituary: CreA Ramakrishnan and the art of defining the meaning of a Tamil word

The lifelong struggle of  ‘CreA’ Ramakrishnan, who passed away in Chennai mid-November, to create an authentic Tamil dictionary was a truly remarkable one. And just before he tragically died due to complications related to Covid-19, he did manage to do bring out the revised third edition of his landmark Tamil dictionary, working on it even while undergoing treatment. Ramakrishnan founded[Read More…]

by November 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Cow-dung, Diamonds and Rust: On the state of modern Indian science

Cow-dung, Diamonds and Rust: On the state of modern Indian science

“Aryabhata rejected the story of a daanava (demon) named Rahu swallowing the sun or his tail Ketu covering the moon during eclipses. Eclipses occurred due to shadows, he said, and he did not see any shadow of a tail! Brahmagupta, who came more than a century later, was a great mathematician himself but did not agree with Aryabhata about rejecting[Read More…]

by August 13, 2020 India