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“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.” — Albert Einstein

Exploring into the Darkness…

Scientists work on the boundaries of the darkness, where every new piece of information forms a path into a void of uncertainty.

In a series of breakthrough papers, theoretical physicists have come tantalizingly close to resolving the Information paradox that has entranced and bedeviled them for nearly 50 years.

Throughout history, paradoxes have threatened to undermine everything we know, and just as often, they’ve reshaped our understanding of the world. Today, one of the biggest paradoxes in the universe threatens to unravel the fields of general relativity and quantum mechanics is the black hole information paradox.

This time, we have our member Vasudev Pathak, a student in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, shower his exquisite words on the “interrelation between Indian politics and space science-based projects” agonizingly. His mettlesome yet simultaneously cheery speech filled in the audience not only the rigor to contribute in science but also the same with a certain caution. Here go his words..

“Needless to say, the subject at hand is quite delicate and needs a very diligent analysis before one can come to a conclusive understanding of the same. We’re about to understand, in a comprehensive and concise fashion, the operation of research grants in the country, project sanctions, governmental control and budget allocations which operate at different levels.

Politics in the Indian subcontinent is an incredibly complex topic to explore. India has a diverse social base with multitudes of communities and interest groups, and the country has an interesting history of space research as well, with the inception of our premier…

Words from Astrophilics

The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
— Albert Einstein

What makes a genius tick? Is it higher IQ, or is it something to do with their crazy style of thinking? What makes the brains of artists, scientists, writers and sportsmen different? Our obsession with brains led us to research the brain of, considerably, the smartest man that ever lived.

“Let’s make a list of some of the most bizarre robberies. Tons of beach sand, a steel bridge, Einstein’s brain, a statue and a front lawn. Yes, you read that right. …

“Exploring and colonizing Mars can bring us new scientific understanding of climate change, of how planet-wide processes can make a warm and wet world into a barren landscape. By exploring and understanding Mars, we may gain key insights into the past and future of our own world.”– Buzz Aldrin

The project InSight, primarily designed to study the deep interior of the planet Mars, was launched on 5 May 2018 at 11:05 UTC. At approximately 19:52:59 UTC on 26 November 2018, and after a journey of 485 million km, the robotic lander successfully landed Mars at the Elysium Planitia. The project is contemplated as Mars lander and MarCo(cubesats), with the former as the primary.


InSight was initially known as Geophysical Monitoring Station (GEMS). Its name was changed in early 2012 following a request by NASA. Not long back, the mission placed a single stationary lander on Mars to study its…

We have our member Adhitya Shreyas SP, to summarize Hawking’s final paper.

It was on Dec 13, 2018, that a paper entitled ‘Black Hole Entropy and Soft Hair’ was uploaded on ArXiv. Although Stephen Hawking didn’t stand as its first author, this paper marks fame accounting from the celebrity culture and most importantly — because Hawking was dead already!

I, Adhitya Shreyas SP, showcase a short light pulse on what encompassed in his last paper. Later, I propound his concerns towards where humanity is proceeding.

This paper is essentially a ‘review paper’ which Hawking co-authored with Sasha Haco, Malcolm Perry, and Andrew Strominger. This work addresses the black hole information paradox, which…

This time, we have our member Krothappalli Preetam Sai to write on the nature of the quantum realm and discuss — in focus — the superposition principle.

“Our perception of regular-sized objects has impacted our intuition when it comes to the Quantum world. One of the unfathomable things about quantum mechanics is the end of determinism in the actual sense, which received a lot of criticism including that by Einstein — when he said that ‘God does not play dice’.

A lot of the features of a given system or a particle can be derived using merely the associated position and momentum. While classical mechanics facilitate these derivations, the uncertainty principle in the quantum mechanics refrains us from doing so, simultaneously. Further, while the description of a…

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