I’m Vasudevan Mukunth, I write and edit science stuff at The Wire. I’ve also written for Physics World, Scroll, Quartz, Hindustan Times and The Hindu. I’m primarily interested in high-energy physics, materials science and cosmology. My secondary interests include scientific publishing, science communication, online journalism and Tamil cinema.
Gaplogs is my blog and my lab (it stands for a log of me plugging the gaps in my knowledge). It’s been almost continuously published since 2008. I’m on Twitter a lot. If you want to reach me, you can tweet to me or leave a comment below.
I write a blog to begin or participate in conversations that I’m interested in. If you have something to say based on something I’ve posted, go for it. I’ve only one condition: try to pen your response on a public forum. You can leave a comment or take the conversation to the social media, bring it up in person or frame it on on your own blog. Essentially, I’d like others to be able to join our conversation as well. It’s still okay if you prefer doing it privately but you should know that I wouldn’t like it.
They said it
Andy Baio on why he blogs:
It’s given me exposure, a place to share my projects and crazy experimentation with technology. It’s created new opportunities for me, directly or indirectly responsible for every major project I’ve gotten involved in. It’s a place to play and experiment with ideas, some of which led to big breakthroughs and passions. And it connected me to people who cared about the things I did, many of whom became lifelong friends.
Eric Hobsbawm on what a science communicator has to deal with (though he didn’t know it):
The suspicion and fear of science was fuelled by four feelings: that science was incomprehensible; that both its practical and moral consequences were unpredictable and probably catastrophic; and that it underlined the helplessness of the individual, and undermined authority. Nor should we overlook the sentiment that, to the extent that science interfered with the natural order of things, it was inherently dangerous.
Jerome K. Jerome on why tea is the best:
After a cup of tea (two spoonsful for each cup, and don’t let it stand more than three minutes,) it says to the brain, “Now, rise, and show your strength. Be eloquent, and deep, and tender; see, with a clear eye, into Nature and into life; spread your white wings of quivering thought, and soar, a god-like spirit, over the whirling world beneath you, up through long lanes of flaming stars to the gates of eternity!”
(I’m aware all of them are white men.)