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VOLUME 49                                                       NUMBER  4                                            April  2012

 

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

Ubiquitous Indo Arabic Numerals

T.V. Venkateswaran                                       

 

8

FEATURE ARTICLES

The Mighty Zero

Rintu Nath

 

 

 

19

S. Ramanujan – The Keats of Mathematics

Manoranjan Kumar Singh & Aniket Ranjan

 

 

24

Alan Mathison Turing: A Man of Machines 

Manas Pratim Das

 

31

Fascinating World of Mathematicians

Prakash Manikpure

 

 

39

Mathematics in Art?

Neeru Sharma

 

45

A Curable Cancer

Natasha Das & Juhi Nachane

 

53

SHORT FEATURE

Maths Play

Wallace Jacob                                                                         

 

 

42

 

FICTION

The Cold Story                  

Varnit P. Singh

                       

 

36

DEPARTMENTS

 

REACTIONS

6

EDITORIAL        

7

SPECTRUM

16

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

23

HUMOUR

44

PUZZLE CORNER

50

 

FUN QUIZ

58

WHAT’S NEW

60

CROSSWORD

61

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, April 2012, pp 8-15

Ubiquitous Indo Arabic Numerals

                                                        T.V. Venkateswaran

                                                                       

The history of numbers and counting is a fascinating one. Read on to find out more.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, April 2012, pp 19-22

The Mighty Zero

Rintu Nath

 

Zero is a tiny number, but never ignore it. Without zero, not just mathematics, but all branches of sciences would have struggled for clearer definitions.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, April 2012, pp 26-29

S. Ramanujan – The Keats of Mathematics

Manoranjan Kumar Singh & Aniket Ranjan

 

Here’s a look at the life of a genius, extremely short though it was.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, April  2012, pp 31-34

                                     Alan Mathison Turing: A Man of Machines                

Manas Pratim Das

 

The world celebrates the hundredth anniversary of Alan Turing who laid the foundation for the ‘intelligent machine’.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, April 2012, pp 39-41

Fascinating World of Mathematicians

Prakash Manikpure

 

Mathematics is said to be the mother of invention in science. Mathematics has tremendous influence on every kind of human endeavour. It is closely linked to nature as nature loves symmetry.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, April 2012, pp 45-48

Mathematics in Art?

Neeru Sharma

Do art and mathematics go together? Mathematical patterns and symmetry make for good art. And artistic colouring allows mathematical information to take on a visual shape. Most people agree that a conversation between math and art can inform both disciplines.

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Science Reporter

Vol. 49, April 2012, pp 53-57

A Curable Cancer

Natasha Das & Juhi Nachane

 

Yuvraj Singh has been diagnosed with ‘extragonadal germ cell seminoma’ – a form of cancer. But the good news is that it can be treated.