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Suresh Govindarajan
Works at Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Attended Atomic Energy Central School, Hyderabad
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Around the 9K mark at the TCS 10K in Bangalore on May 17, 2015. Finished in 55:44 -- a slow pace for me but it was fun running in a crowd.
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Ran the half marathon in the  MEPZ run pacing a friend. I was targeting 2:03 to 2:05 but we achieved 2:06:45. I cramped towards the end(!) and mostly walked the last 500m which included a steep (20-30 degree) incline. Parts of the run were difficult largely due to poor road conditions (unevenness and pot holes). I also suspect that the distance was a little bit more than 21.1K -- runkeeper showed 21.62K for one person.
Run for a green MEPZ
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Listen to a lecture by Xavier Viennot , the mathemagician, at IMSc on February 12, 2015.
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Advise or Advice?
What’s the difference between advise and advice? Do you know? Does it matter? Well, yes, it does, because apart from the obvious fact that one has the endi
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Why did some words (advice, practice, device) end up with this distinction while others (exercise, promise, service) didn't?
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Of course, this utter non-science/nonsense has been debunked here: http://cgpl.iisc.ernet.in/site/Portals/0/Publications/ReferedJournal/ACriticalStudyOfTheWorkVaimanikaShastra.pdf 
From the abstract: It appears that his work cannot be dated earlier than 1904 and contains details which, on the basis of our present knowledge, force us to conclude the non feasibility of heavier‐than craft of earlier times. 
The conference has been the subject of controversy and many laughs on social media.
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An editorial from October 1958(!) http://www.freepressjournal.in/india-that-is-bharat/
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Abstract: We aim to highlight certain points and considerations for graduate students and young researchers, which should be avoided in submissions to good research journals. Observing these remarks could substantially decrease the probability of rejections of papers.
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According to Arnold’s classification, there are two ways to introduce a new subject: the first way (he called it the “Russian tradition”) is to start with “the simplest non-trivial partial case”. — I will use this approach. The second and the opposite tradition, which I also like very much (he called it “Bourbaki’s tradition”) is to start with an “extremely general case that is impossible to further generalise”. From http://arxiv.org/abs/1504.03601
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Slides from Xavier Viennot's course titled Combinatorics and Physics given at IIT Madras during Jan/Feb/Mar 2015. It has been fun being the student for a change. Two more lectures to go. It will take me the rest of 2015 to digest the wide range of topics that he has covered.
Course IIT Madras. January-February 2015. Combinatorics and Physics. A website dedicated to this course with complements and solutions of exercises is also here. Abstract. The interaction between combinatorics and theoretical physics started in the 60's with a combinatorial resolution of the ...
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The start of the arXiv, to be precise the hep-th/ph part, in September 1991 coincided with my return to India. It made it so much easier to keep up with new work.  Those days, we used to have a daily email service with a listing of papers and you had to send an email to get a particular paper of interest with weird things (uuencode/uudecode/split/join) to get around the 40K size limit imposed by our service provider. Around '93-'94, arXiv got a http interface (coinciding with the birth of the www) and we used to access papers using lynx, a text based browser, before the advent of Mosaic and Netscape. I continued to use lynx for years as it was the best to avoid download of unnecessary graphics thereby compensating for the poor internet connectivity at work. 23+ years later, arXiv hits the one million submission mark in a huge number of fields. Thank you to the arXiv (and its founder Ginsparg).
ITHACA, N.Y. (Jan. 12, 2015) – It all started with an electronic bulletin board — one computer on one scientist's desk. Now, more than two decades later, arXiv is a driving force in scientific communication. It draws in thousands of researchers every day, operating with a permanent staff and a ...
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(i) Lubos' story: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/01/science/world-science-becomes-global-village-archive-opens-new-realm-research.html
(ii) To contrast with 1991: Last summer I sat by a waterfall in the remote heart of Oregon's rain forests and, with what little reception I could get on my phone, downloaded and read a paper posted on arXiv the day before. 
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Ran the first half of the Dec.. 2104 TWCH half marathon too fast and this photo shows how tired and spent I was in the second half. It is so important to manage one's pace -- hopefully, I don't mess up at Auroville during the coming weekend.
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+Amritanshu Prasad I am ready this time. In fact, last weekend I did a 1h53' HM in practice compared to 2h4' in the TWCM. Sub 2h seems within reach in Auroville on Sunday.
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Thanks Amri.
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I am a university professor and a theoretical physicist.
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  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • University of Pennsylvania
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