A Star Has Extinguished: Personal Reflections on Stephen W. Hawking

Pi Day, for me, is a day when I am happy. But, this year it was different. I woke up to a text from a friend saying Stephen Hawking is no more. I quickly looked at the news and confirmed that he was correct. It seemed as if, a very personal loss has occured. I had never met Professor Hawking, never have I ever been in the same city as he, but I could feel a tremendous pain at his demise. I am sure, this feeling was shared by so many others. Stephen William Hawking, touched many lives: as a scientist, he was the most well known physicist alive; as a science communicator he was unparalleled in capturing the public imagination; as a public spokesperson, he was a hero for all people with physical disabilities.  He donned several hats with equal composure and wit. His was a life made for the history books. Continue reading “A Star Has Extinguished: Personal Reflections on Stephen W. Hawking”

Travel Diaries: Berlin (Part 3)

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Yesterday was my last day in the first trip to Berlin. In my previous days I covered almost all the touristy locations in Berlin, and left the last day to do two museums and a palace. Unfortunately, I was still a bit tired and slept late than planned, so I had to forgo my trip to the palace, I leave it for my next trip to the city. I made my way towards the city and had a cappuccino in a nice little Mexican bar. The music was quite good for a mildly sunny Sunday morning and I wanted to stay there and sip a bit more of the coffee, but I had ambitious plans of doing two museums. So, I let myself into the nearest S-Bahn station and made my way towards the Museuminsel (Museum Island). Continue reading “Travel Diaries: Berlin (Part 3)”

Travel Diaries: Berlin (Part 2)

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Berlin, in the second day has already grown on me. I was right when I said that Berlin is a city which you will appreciate more if you live here longer. Although, the highlight of the day has to be the talk by Ben Green that I attended, but I still had a great time enjoying the sights of the city. I decided for a change to go on my full tourist phase and do the top 10 things that appear in the lists of Berlin. I could manage quite a few, by the way.
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Travel Diaries: Berlin

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While talking to a friend yesterday, she remarked half-jokingly that I should write some travel logs. I though about it and realized that I have never written a travel log or a travel story before, partly due to the fact that I had never traveled a lot while I was growing up. But somehow it seemed a good idea for me to keep an account of what I remember from the last one and half years of my travels. And as it happens, I am at the moment in Berlin for three days due to some work commitments. But I would also like to take this opportunity to see a bit of the city. My travel log idea is quite rusty, as the only thing that I have written previously which resembles a little to a travel log was about my rendezvous with Da Vinci and some of his works. Continue reading “Travel Diaries: Berlin”