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'Why and how did science in India stagnate?'

'The debate between mythology and "rational" science in India is at least as old as Aryabhata and Brahmagupta and, to this day, has not been resolved in the Indian popular thinking on science.'......

'For 1,400 years India led the world in science'

'Indian science was perhaps more rational than the European science of the time.''Nobody tried or convicted Aryabhata just because he said Rahu-Ketu is nonsense.''Some Indians take the extreme view......

Why BECA when we have NavIC?

'The goal seems to be that we do not invest further in our system to make our system more accurate and more reliable or more global in reach,' an ISRO source tells Shivanand Kanavi. IMAGE: India's......

'Oh, you are Kakodkar!', President Bush exclaimed

Dr Kakodkar's strategic stubbornness ultimately got India what it wanted though the negotiations with the US went to the wire, notes Shivanand Kanavi. IMAGE: Then India's Atomic Energy Commission......

'Rainfall is one of the hardest things to predict'

'Temperature and wind can be predicted more easily than rainfall.' 'Rainfall, as common experience suggests, is very spotty.''The last bit of physics required that tells us whether it is going to......

The visionary who made Indian IT industry global

One should appreciate the sagacity and audacity of JRD and Nani Palkhivala in founding TCS on April 1, 1968.At that time there was no Microsoft or Intel, SAP or Accenture, much less Google.They......

How F C Kohli and TCS conquered the world

Shivanand Kanavi salutes the visionary IT leader F C Kohli who passed into the ages recently. IMAGE: Faqir Chand Kohli. All photographs: Kind courtesy Shivanand Kanavi   Part 1: The......

Billionaires have always called the shots in India

'James Crabtree ignores the emergence of a nexus between business and politics going back to the 1920s and talks of it as a new child of 21st century India,' says Shivanand Kanavi. IMAGE: Vijay......

TCS@50: Why India must be in eternal debt to F C Kohli

50 years ago, on April 1, 1968, Tata Consultancy Services -- now India's leading IT company -- was born.The foundation for TCS was laid by Faqir Chand Kohli whose life touched directly or......

50 years later, will Moore's Law last?

A 2005 photograph of Gordon E Moore While chips have become ubiquitous, Moore’s Law has remained a self-fulfilling prophecy even half a century later. Not bad for an industry where the time......

The Hollywood Star and CDMA

She was a Hollywood star, much sought after. She also helped invented technology which changed the world. Shivanand Kanavi on the amazing Hedy Lamarr. Today, November 9, is Hollywood actor Hedy......

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