Quantum democracy

February 27, 2012
Ahmed Shafee
Quantum democracy

There is a story of two rich dowagers going to a party with what they thought were unique designer dresses, only to discover to their and onlookers’ shock that their clothes were identical. Great minds think alike
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VCs, veg peddlers and calculators

August 5, 2011
Ahmed Shafee
VCs, veg peddlers and calculators

Office of the vice-chancellor of a leading public university. A meeting is going on involving deans and chairmen. It is not really technical, but during the discussion somebody wants to know what a certain cost would be with a small change of one data. The calculation involves multiplying two two-digit numbers and adding a...
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Cherish the differences (if any)

March 7, 2011
Ahmed Shafee
Cherish the differences (if any)

What would men be without women?Scarce, sir, mighty scarce .-Mark Twain It is not clear exactly at what stage Mother Nature got tired of seeing single sex living beings reproducing themselves in a boringly slow cloning sequence, with variation coming in only from occasional random mutations. Multiply one by itself an infinite number of times...
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Relative-ity

February 21, 2011
Ahmed Shafee
Relative-ity

On the 12th February, 1952, only about a week before the Ekushey tragedy, the Pakistan Observer published an editorial where the nepotism of PM Khwaja Nazimuddin was commented on. Nazimuddin, though an East Pakistani, came from the nawab family of Dhaka that did not speak any Bangla, and thought that his, and Jinnah’s, first...
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Uncertain principles

November 2, 2010
Ahmed Shafee
Uncertain principles

Dr Quazi Motahar Hossain was one of the most respected teachers of this country. He is well-known for his involvement in such a diversity of fields that lesser mortals can only be awestruck when counting them. He was close to Quazi Nazrul Islam and on several occasions tried to bring his errant friend back...
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Prizes: noble and ignoble

October 12, 2010
Ahmed Shafee
Prizes: noble and ignoble

This year the announcements for the big prize carried the amazing information that one of the recipients had also won the rather less respectable counterpart called the Ig Nobel Prize some years back. Dr Geim of Manchester University had on that occasion levitated a frog on a magnetic field for whatever reason, and the...
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