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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Did Archimedes suffer Insomnia?

Well, I can't seem to find the answer in web. Not in wikipedia at least.

But, wait, why would I have such a weird thought? No; not exactly a product of my thoughts. One day, sorry, one night, I was trying to find some sleep at around 1 AM. My body wouldn't accept 'Night sleep' after doing night shifts for more than one month or so. So, I finally give up and wanted to watch a movie. I thought I would watch great Nolan's Insomnia to suit the occasion. Unfortunately, the DVD had scratches and wouldn’t read. Ok, what’s next? Darren Aronofsky came for the rescue. I decided watching Pi for the third time.

Only when you watch a movie multiple times, you will notice the unnoticed.

There is character in this movie, who is a very old mathematician (Sol Robeson), whom this young mathematician (Maximillian Cohen) consults. Concerned about Max’s health, he tries to discourage him that he is searching for a dead end. He refers to Archimedes of Syracuse. Here is the exact quote:

“Have you met Archimedes? The one with the black spots, you see? You remember Archimedes of Syracuse, eh? The king asks Archimedes to determine if a present he's received is actually solid gold. Unsolved problem at the time. It tortures the great Greek mathematician for weeks - insomnia haunts him and he twists and turns in his bed for nights on end. Finally, his equally exhausted wife - she's forced to share a bed with this genius - convinces him to take a bath to relax. While he's entering the tub, Archimedes notices the bath water rise. Displacement, a way to determine volume, and that's a way to determine density - weight over volume. And thus, Archimedes solves the problem. He screams "Eureka" and he is so overwhelmed he runs dripping naked through the streets to the king's palace to report his discovery.”

So, did he really? Or, continuous sleepless nights can be considered Insomniac? I don’t know. I'm only schizophrenic!

BTW, watch Pi, if you can. One of the best low budget thrillers you will ever see.

Monday, October 26, 2009


Hi all, yesterday i have seen two documentaries of Albert Einstein titled Einstein's unfinished symphony and Einstein's equation of life and death.

Einstein's unfinished symphony is his Theory of Everything, which argues that everything in this universe is predictable.If he had finished this theory he would have broke the concepts of quantum mechanics.After watching those documentaries i felt that if this man could live some 20 more years that he could derive some equation and said it as GOD.

And Einstein's equation of life and death is E=mc
2, which can be used for mass destruction or you can use it to provide electricity to entire London with a glass of water.

Einstein is really great!.Back to me what i have to do with physics.Am i a scientist? damn not.These things are really a nightmare for me and that makes me interest in Einstein's stuffs.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Going by the Stanley Kubrick way!

Ok, I am all set to write my first post in KPHSonline. 

I just came back home from office and I was listening to the songs of Kaadhal Kondein. It kind of kindled my college day memories. Nowadays, I don't really get to remember those things we did back in college. But somehow, listening to this and especially the soundtrack and not just the songs (remember Kaadhal Kondein is one of the very few tamil films where the film's original soundtrack was separately released. Did I buy it, Hell No, you are insulting millions of internet users!) made me remember the way we watched this film after an introductory class by Mr. Vaalarivan on 'C' (wish we had a few more guys like him to teach). Alright, those memories made me to write this post (you see, that's what I am getting at!).

So, what does Stanley Kubrick has to do here? Well, after logging on to the blogger, I was thinking what to write apart from writing that Lotus Notes sucks and my Sennheiser headphone rocks, then I remembered what he said – "If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed". As you can see, this is what most Indian directors do but not in the right way :). Your thinking has to be right, right? Not like our Susi Ganeshan who claims to have directed 'the tamil film of the decade!'. And, I thought, if I can think of something, why can't I write it? Ok, now you know what most bloggers do and I am no different. Reader discretion advised :).

I will continue to write whatever I think. But, I cannot write them all. As Sujatha said, "when a truth is told, it cannot be a 100% truth". And, unless you completely mask your identity you cannot tell everything you thought. Sometime later, I intend to write something anonymous so I can be completely true to my thoughts.