Quote of the Day – Steven Weinberg


The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life above the level of farce and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.  —-   Steven Weinberg

….. sheer joy of watching Cricket

It’s not about arguing who is the best among many …. It’s just a sheer joy of watching the Cricket, especially Sachin !

Some things people had said about him that I absolutely love —–

“On a train from Shimla to Delhi, there was a halt in one of the stations. The train stopped by for few minutes as usual. Sachin was nearing century, batting on 98. The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the train waited for Sachin to complete the century. This Genius can stop time in India!!” —- Peter Roebuck

” I am fortunate that I’ve to bowl at him only in the nets. ”  — Anil Kumble

” You get him out and half the battle is won ” — Arjuna Rantunga

” First and foremost, Tendulkar is an entertainer and that for me is as important factor as any fact or figure. Too often boring players have been pushed forward as great by figures alone. For sheer entertainment, he will keep cricket alive.”  — Barry Richards

” He has been in form longer than some of our guys have been alive. ” — Daniel Vettori

“In terms of technique and compactness, He is the best.” — Desmond Haynes

“I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two… high compactness, technique, stroke production… It all seemed to gel!” —- Sir Donald Bradman

“He continues to give more than 100 per cent and his schoolboy-like enthusiasm for the game is something I envy and admire. For the team he is the best available coaching manual.” —- Mahendra Singh Dhoni

” This little prick’s going to get more runs than you, AB.” —- Merv Hughes to Allan Border after an 18-year-old scored a century in Perth

” The more I see him, the more I want to see him.” —– Mohammad Azharuddin

“I never get tired during umpiring whenever Sachin is on crease” —- Rudy Kortzen

“Sachin made 9 centuries in one year but many cricketer did not make 9 centuries in their whole career.” — Saurav Ganguly

 ” Cricketers like him come once in a lifetime, and I am privileged he played in my time.” — Wasim Akram

“It was one of the greatest innings I have ever seen. There is no shame being beaten by such a great player, Sachin is perhaps only next to the Don.” —- Steve Waugh

” When Tendulkar embarked on a glorious career taming Imran and company, Roger Federer was a name unheard of; Lionel Messi was in his nappies, Usain Bolt was an unknown kid in the Jamaican backwaters. The Berlin Wall was still intact, USSR was one big country, Dr Manmohan Singh was yet to “open” the Nehruvian economy. It seems while Time was having his toll on every individual on the face of this planet, he excused one man. Time stands frozen in front of Sachin Tendulkar. We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will.”

—  Anonymous

” Cricket’s greatest-ever batsman (partisans for Don Bradman can cavill until the cows come home) is still reaching new highs: he recently became the first player to reach 100 scores of 100 in international play. The “ton of tons” came a full year after his 99th, leading some to wonder whether Tendulkar was slowing down. That’s nonsense, and now that the acknowledged pressure to reach 100 is off, he’s likely to cut loose — a terrifying prospect for opponents, but a terrific one for lovers of the sport. “

— Time Magazine

Many of us strive for that particular moment in life where we can achieve that pristine perfection at what we want to or love to do. Most of them never achieve it, some can contemplate, “Yes, this is the best I can do and I am satisfied”. Very few are given achieve something which can attain a status of a landmark achievement. But, then you see the punch through the covers or a straight drive to a fast/medium pacer from Sachin, and dark clouds of doubt go away and you have to scream from the heart, “This is just perfect! “

 —  Just another crazy fan of Sachin (me !)  who loves to see him bat on a cricket pitch and forget everything  about the world !!!

Quote of the Day – Immanuel Kant

” When Galileo caused balls, the weights of which he had previously determined, to roll down an inclined plane; when Torricelli made air carry a weight which he had calculated beforehand to be equal to that of a definite volume of water; or in more recent times, when Stahl changed metal
into oxides, and oxides back into metal, by withdrawing something and then restoring it, a light broke upon all students of nature. They learned that reason has insight only into that which reason produces after a plan of its own; that reason must not allow itself to be constrained, as it were, by nature’s reins, but must itself show the way… thereby constraining nature to give answer to questions of reason’s own determining. Accidental observations, made in obedience to no previously thought-out plan, can never be made to yield a necessary law, which reason alone is concerned to discover… Reason must not approach nature in the character of a pupil who listens to everything the teacher has to say, but as an appointed judge who compels the witness to answer questions that he himself has formulated. ”

—  Writings of German Philosopher Immanuel Kant

Water glints and Alien worlds


Few days ago, I attended an online seminar on the hunt of Exoplanets and what it means for us to be involved as students. Folks were talking about the ways in which we can detect the presence of water on Exoplanets.There is a post by Dr.Plait on this very subject – Water glints ! ( I just missed his talk in Atlanta due to a cray mishap; damn you Thursdays and transits ! but anyway … )  Image below is taken by an Astronuat André Kuipers, ISS.

Credit : ESA/NASA, André Kuipers ISS

Now this image below is the glint sunlight reflected off a lake on Saturn’s moon Titan as taken by the Cassini spacecraft. These glints are detected by the Visual and Infrared mapping Spectrometer (VIMS). After visiting the solidification Lab where my friend works on various spectrometers, I was excited. But, after hearing the talk, I was amazed to see the wide spread use of the spectroscopy that is percolating the various branches of Science. We know more about the core of star forming regions and guts of stars located million light years away from us than the core of the Earth only few miles away beneath our feet !

Credit : Cassini/2009 NASA 


Quote of the Day – Carl Sagan

                                                       Hubble ultra deep field


Our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky —- Carl Sagan


                               Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

The Sun

How could you get over the fact that we live near a host star which is the most awesome star ever !!

This is an image of the Sun through hydrogen alpha solar filter ….. image is inverted so dark things appear bright and vice versa ….

Image Credit : Alan Friedman