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By: Nikhil Malankar
Science deals with many aspects of our daily life. You start your day with the application of Science. Just take an example of the toothpaste you are using or the motion of a wave or even respiration. Everything relates directly or indirectly with Science. Science can be divided in the following parts.
From the topic you must have understood that I am going to talk about Physics. OK Then, What concept do you find the most amazing? If you don’t find it on this list then you are welcome to say about it in the comments column. Let me start off with the list.
We all know about this formula. It was introduced by one of the greatest scientists of all time .i.e. Mr. Albert Einstein. This concept is really interesting one and the debate about its correctness is still going on. It gave rise to other concepts like warped space and space time which are also very interesting and deep. It is a very controversial topic and I had also written an article related to this one. The link to it is:
The most important concept given by Physics to mankind is the Gravity concept without which it would have been impossible to make rockets and other studies related to it. The most famous example to explain gravity was given by Sir Isaac Newton with his Apple Tree example. It is said that Newton was not the first one to observe the phenomenon of gravity but it was Galileo who first discovered it. Anyways, this concept caused a revolution and modern day physics is heavily dependent on this concept.
3. Space Travel
Few centuries ago it was impossible for mankind to think of such a concept. At that time we would have also not thought of travelling through Airplane but in today’s time everything is possible. Space Travel is a wonderful concept which has given rise to the discoveries of our solar system. Now it is also possible for humans to send computers in space to study our universe. Landing on the moon was possible due to this. It was history created and a new step made by man. So, Space Travel is also an amazing concept turned reality in Physics.
4. Time Travel
This has not yet turned into reality but I think that in the near future it will be possible to travel through time too. Many scientists think that time travel will make humans lazy or will cause some disturbance but one thing is sure that time travel will be possible and no one can stop such a great concept to turn into reality. Stephen Hawking also has given so many concepts related to time travel. You can read his book ‘A Brief History of Time’ or even watch his ‘Into The Universe’ which frequently comes on Discovery Channel.
5. The Black Hole
I think this is one of the most wonderful concepts in Physics. It is a perfect example of a Perfectly Black Body. The compression caused creates a high gravitational field around the dead star so that light also cannot escape from it. Light has a tremendous speed of 3 X 10^8 m/s and if it can’t escape from a black hole then imagine about the power it has! I personally think that light is not the fastest. I have thought over it for quite a while now and I think I am right about my previous statement. Using the concept of black hole it is possible to time travel but only in the future. So, Black hole is also an amazing concept.
These are 5 of my favorite and amazing concepts in Physics. Do you have anything more to share?
:Posted by Gaurav
All the theoretical physicists around the world are looking for the Grand Unification Theory. A theory that incorporates everything in the universe including the universe itself. The four forces in nature are all that make up this universe or rather I should say that universe which can be observed. Definitely we haven’t seen the edge. Neither we have found any center. On the other hand our universe is so big that by laws of mathematics, which we have devised, we are at the center.
Thus all the theories and the calculations we have done cannot be imposed on that part of the universe that we haven’t observed. We may ourselves be an exceptional part in the universe where the value of Planck’s constant is what it is. This is pure imagination but, according to quantum physics, a valid one. The constant will have multiple Eigen value states until and unless it is actually observed. So there is always a possibility that we would not be able to imagine what is beyond the observable boundaries like the experiment with Schrodinger’s cat.
So here’s, what I should say, an extended version of what you all know.
The Universe according to me is designed in three basic simple steps. These are :
Everything that we see is a result of some kind of initiation. This may be somewhat opposite thought to those who believe in coincidences. But actually, if observed carefully, coincidences are merely the happening of two or more events simultaneously. It is the nature of human mind to find the relation between two events that it observes simultaneously.
Consider a small accident happening. A car hits a truck and loses its rear view mirror. Obviously, the two drivers first come out to check the damage, if any done, to their respective vehicles. The car driver sees that he has lost a rear view mirror and starts yelling at the truck driver. The truck driver doesn’t thinks that it was his mistake. The observers around see the broken mirror and start creating their views about the accident. Each of them has a different theory. Some would say that the truck should have stopped because there was traffic. Some would say the car was speeding and they thank God that no one is hurt. Some would say the car driver is drunk and that’s why he is wasting his time and energy for such a small damage what could have been a big one. Some would say it was just a coincidence.
There can be a correct theory. But the coincidence is that the car and the truck came in contact with each other. So the observers make their theories and name them as coincidences. For eg. An observer who observed the car before collision would say that the car driver is to blame that he was speeding. It was a coincidence that the truck took the car’s rear view mirror.
Hence, everything has an initiation, we just name it coincidence.
Then comes Chaos.
The world has been chaotic in some or the other point in time. Consider the above example again. The car hits the truck. So everything around it changes. If the car had not hit the truck, everyone would continue their work as planned. The truck would have safely crossed a road. The drivers would not have got out of their vehicles. All the observing people would not be observers at all. Of course I am taking the collision as the initiation. The initiation was followed by the chaos by the immediately above assumptions not happening. Everyone came out of the order they were meant to remain in.
And then comes Re-Order.
In the same example, eventually everyone has to go to work or home or any place they want to. So they move away from the site of accident. The two drivers take their vehicles out of the way due to honking of oncoming traffic and the road becomes busy again. But here the order is created due to initiation of some other kind(like the honking).
Hence if observed carefully, everything in the world has an initiation and then go into chaos and then reorder. This was also happening at the time the ‘ Time ‘ started. And it is happening to this very day. The chaos and the reorder become the initiation of other processes thus making the nested cycle of themselves.
This article is the 3rd part of the series ‘My views on the Universe’. The first part was. My Views on the Universe : Part One and the second was My Views on The Universe : Part Two. So, I recommend you to first read the 1st part and 2nd part and then come to this 3rd part. Let me introduce you again to this series. This series is my imagination about how the universe actually is. So, without wasting much time let me start off with the topic.
This 3rd article is based on an assumption that the Universe is just a sheet of paper. Paper? How? Okay! Let me express myself. Read on.
Imagine that the Universe is just a paper. Paper has many uses and mostly it is used for writing and drawing. So, imagine that the Universe is sketched on a piece of paper. All the planets, meteoroids, stars, etc. are just drawings! This piece of paper is not too big but is very detailed. It has been sketched using a very fine pencil. Or should I say a rainbow pencil which adds a mixture of all the beautiful seven colors and their shades into this Universe. So, why does the Universe appear to be black? The answer is because most of the part is not colored yet J. It takes a lot of time to detail everything and so the artist of our Universe has decided to give colors only to the part which are important. The specialty of His art is that this paper turns its drawings to life within itself! And that’s why we have various life forms. But only those life forms exist which the artist has written at the back of the paper.
So, there is a 100% possibility that aliens exist. This artist has created only our Universe. There are many other artists who have sketched their imagination into their papers and created many Universes which can also be termed as parallel universes. One more thing is that this artist is never satisfied with is work and so he is always creating a new imagination and adding it to our Universe. So, our Universe is ever expanding.
We should praise the intellect of this artist who has created such a wonderful world! And we can learn an important lesson from his artist that ‘Never be satisfied! Satisfaction leads to rest and rest will never fetch you rewards’. So, keep on working and adding new feathers to your hat. And one day you will have your world as the Universe itself!
So, this was my 3rd part. Hope you liked it. In case you did not read my first 2 parts then their links are:
Add your valuable comments to let me know if you liked my article or not.
He must be in his sixties; wrinkled skin and white hair contributes to this claim. He must have witnessed many a seasons and nights go by in his lifetime, yet his eyes told a different story. His eyes were cold, almost child-like. He never showcased any emotion. He always had this unfathomable blank expression on his face, as if he has stopped giving a damn about the world around him. He has been living on the streets for as long as I could remember. He is homeless, certainly alone in this world and, according to the society, insane. All he owns in this world is the shabby clothes that he wears and the insults and humiliation hurled on to him by the society. Surely not a proud owner, right? But yet, there is something in him which amazes me. His smile. In spite of being rejected by the society and nature, he still has something to smile for. He never frowns. He never cries. I have never seen him hurl abuses at a passer-by. But one thing is consistent on his face; his blank, saintly smile. As if he has all the possessions a man could dream of having. Although he has nothing, his face tells you that he is contented and satisfied.
Or maybe, just maybe, this mad man thinks that it’s the world that is insane. And hence that sinister, troll face. Who knows? Maybe he’s right too..
Posted by Gaurav
There is this theorem in the first semester engineering (MU) which gives the formula of centrifugal tension in a belt.
T->the centrifugal tension in the belt
m->mass of the belt
v->the belt velocity
Even if u don’t know anything about this let me tell you that the equation is written as it is given in the various textbooks many of which are recommended by the best colleges of Mumbai.
The problem is with the dimensions. The left side of the equation has the dimension of force whereas the right side has the dimension of energy. We already know that an equation with incorrect dimensions is incorrect. I asked about this to my teachers but I am not satisfied by their answers. Hoping to get the answer from you.
Posted by Gaurav
Yesterday….I was watching the broadcast of SUPERNATURAL on Star World India. It had this thing about how people before Jesus Christ used black magic to control the death angel ‘ The Reaper ‘. It made me think about our mythology of death angel or the death God.
The Reaper from Supernatural (STAR WORLD INDIA)
It is said that one sees the death God when one is going to die. The appropriately named, the Reaper, represents the same thing all around the world. I know that the black magic thing is impossible. Maybe the mythological event of the vision of the Reaper be also false , I do not know. But the thing that bothers me that how did people even think of trying to control God of Death. I know that man is a very curious organism but this was something way out of his league and even then he tried to do something which he knew was unworthy.
This is nothing but a blog of sarcasm. Even in Hinduism we do have certain hymns and hell knows what kind of prayers to prevent death temporary.
This makes me think about the famous dialogue in the Final Destination movies “Death doesn’t likes to be cheated.”
By: Manas Chaturvedi
Everyone’s asleep at home. No wonder. It’s 3am in the morning. 3:02am to be precise. I just woke up. Just like I woke up yesterday night at the very same time. It’s the same old story with me for the past two weeks now. And the funny thing is the the fact that I wake up each time at the exact same time range. Sort of like Mother Nature has set a permanent alarm for me at night. The moment I open my eyes, I know that I have screwed up yet another good night’s sleep. And I can’t help it. Nature’s alarm clock does work! It’s been about two weeks now. I have lost the count for the number of nights that I have had to wake up in the middle of the night for no plain reason.
I am afraid I have insomnia. Wikipedia defines insomnia as “Insomnia is most often defined by an individual’s report of sleeping difficulties.” I was always under the impression that being an insomniac must be cool. I could wake up all night doing all the things I ever wanted to do, and still not get tired or exhausted. I mean, who would not want a few extra waking hours? I could eat, pursue my hobbies, play, surf online, watch all my favorite movies, read all the latest books, and after all that, still find time to study…all in one single day! But alas! It’s said that you don’t understand the magnitude of a problem until you actually encounter it. I finally have insomnia. I can’t sleep for more than 2-3 hours a day. But that is actually doing me more bad than good. I have encountered dark circles for a start. I am rarely in a good mood these days. I have problems concentrating on studies. In short, I have become frustrated, moody, exhausted and helpless. Even though I want to, I can’t rest. My body doesn’t allow me to. Studies show that an individual needs at least seven hours of good sleep to be mentally as well as physically fit for the next day. And been an insomniac, I have been deprived of my natural right to sleep!
I have tried closing my eyes and focusing on the darkness that follows with it. I have tried exercising at the middle of the night. I have tried to wake up and study in order to catch some sleep. But all these methods have not been able to put me in the world of dreams. And as I am writing this, I could hear a dog barking in the nearby lane. A bike just went past my house. I could hear the crickets chirping. And all that makes me feel better. For I have the satisfaction that at least someone’s there who;s still awake in this lonely night with me..