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With each quarterly issue, the newsletter provides a glimpse into the exciting scientific research, discoveries, and ideas from pioneers across the world. There are also updates on recent news, programs and other activities held at ICTS.
ICTS Newsletter 2022 (Volume 8, Issue 2)

Can living fluids be turbulent? Find out the answer through the world of statistical physics in our latest issue. We take a journey through history to learn about the emergence of western science in India. During GN Ramachandran centenary year we remember his work and life with two tributes.

ICTS Newsletter 2022 (Volume 8, Issue 1)

In our first issue of the year, we learn about statistical mechanics of strange metals and black holes from Subir Sachdev. Partha P. Majumdar writes about genes as a guide to human history and culture and Smarajit Karmakar celebrates the life and works of 2021 Physics Nobel Prize winner Giorgio Parisi. 

ICTS Newsletter 2021 (Volume 7, Issue 2)

Prof. M.S. Narasimhan, one of India’s most eminent mathematicians, passed away on 15 May 2021. Prof. Narasimhan had a close association with ICTS since its inception. He was a member of the International Advisory Board till March 2013. ICTS is grateful for his constant support and advice. In this issue, we remember Prof. Narasimhan with tributes from his friends, colleagues and family. We also present Prof. P.P. Divakaran’s detailed account of how a Pan-Indian cultural identity was created.

ICTS Newsletter 2021 (Volume 7, Issue 1)

Over the last couple of years there has been striking progress towards understanding the so-called `Black Hole Information Paradox’, the apparent violation of the rules of quantum mechanics in black hole backgrounds that Hawking first drew attention to 45 years ago. The new work on this long standing puzzle is reviewed in this issue from the perspective of theoretical physicists, Ahmed Almheiri from IAS Princeton and Douglas Stanford from Stanford University.
Also in this issue, senior astrophysicist Mayank Vahia writes about the ancient world and ancient astronomy. MB Rajani gives us an interesting geospatial analysis to study and preserve cultural heritage landscapes.

ICTS Newsletter 2021 (Special Issue)

Roddam Narasimha, the world renowned fluid dynamist and atmospheric scientist, passed away on 14 December 2020. We dedicate this special issue to his memory. His daughter, students, friends and colleagues remember Narasimha for his path-breaking research, mentorship, friendship and immense contribution to science building in India as well as his constant guidance to and deep involvement with ICTS-TIFR.  

ICTS Newsletter 2020 (Volume 6, Issue 2)

C.S. Seshadri, one of India's most eminent mathematicians, passed away on July 17, 2020. In our 11th issue, we remember Prof. Seshadri through the words of his friends and colleagues. We learn about the early days of the School of Mathematics at TIFR and its culture of excellence from the main pillars of the famed school. We also learn about the recent developments at the ALICE detector at CERN from one of India's top experimental physicists.

ICTS Newsletter 2020 (Volume 6, Issue 1)

For our tenth issue, we had originally planned to focus on the humanities. However, as this issue goes online, India and the world are engulfed by a one-in-a-century global pandemic. As science will play the key role in humanity’s response to this crisis, it was impossible to exclude COVID-19 from this issue. So we included a speech given by K. VijayRaghavan, who is the principal scientific adviser to the Government of India, professor emeritus and the former director of the National Centre of Biological Sciences, Bangalore. We also have answers from Gautam Menon to a series of questions our readers might have about the pandemic, especially in the Indian context. Menon is a professor of physics and computational biology at Ashoka University and Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai.

Apart from this, we have articles on Emperor Ashoka by Nayanjot Lahiri, about the environment and urban water by Sharachchandra Lele and analytical methods to understanding history by Tarun Khanna.

ICTS Newsletter 2019 (Volume 5, Issue 2)

In this issue, we learn in detail about the Event Horizon Telescope and the image of the black hole in galaxy M87. We learn about spacetime from error correcting codes and also the role of entanglement in the development of quantum technologies. Fernando Quevedo tells us about his ten fulfilling years at the helm of ICTP, Trieste, and spreading science in the developing countries of the world.

ICTS Newsletter 2019 (Volume 5, Issue 1)

Michael Francis Atiyah, one of the most significant mathematicians of the 20th century, passed away on January 11, 2019. He strongly supported the idea of creating the ICTS and played an important role in its establishment. He was a member of its International Advisory Board from inception till his passing away. In the eighth issue of ICTS News, we pay homage to the life of this great mathematician, by remembering him personally as well as through his greatest work – the Atiyah-Singer index theorem.

ICTS Newsletter 2018 (Volume 4, Issue 2)

How can public funding of world-class scientific research be justified in the Indian context? What are the key benefits of curiosity-driven research, and the resultant scientific culture, to a country like India? Can we quantitatively model the growth of the Indian scientific community and its impact on our country? In the seventh issue of ICTS News we take a break from our usual fare of articles on recent advances in science to address these important questions.