The British are Gone but the British Raj Lives on

"It was [in India] the British learned the art of imperial power. ... India was decisive. It gave Britain the resources, the market, the manpower, and the prestige to build a world-wide empire. And in the years to come they worked feverishly to secure that prize."  https://youtu.be/F7GOh8qlLwQ The British Empire could not have been possible … Continue reading The British are Gone but the British Raj Lives on

Which Countries Win the International Mathematical Olympiads

I was asked on twitter how students of Indian origin do in the maths equivalent of the US spelling bee contests. (I had written a blog post on how students of Indian origin appear to have cornered the market on US spelling bee contests.) @atanudey How do Indians do in the US Math Olympiads? Are … Continue reading Which Countries Win the International Mathematical Olympiads

Isaac Asimov on Life-long learning

Isaac Asimov, (born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov in Russia in 1920, died in New York in 1992), was a towering intellect. He wrote or edited over 500 fiction and non-fiction books, mainly on science and technology related topics. I place him in the same very tiny class of thinkers as Arthur C Clarke, another science fiction … Continue reading Isaac Asimov on Life-long learning

Indians Make it in the USA, not in India

Prime Minister Modi is visiting the SF Bay area this weekend. Entreaties to "Make in India" will echo all around. Sadly, little attention has been given to why Indians themselves are unable to make in India, or even make it in India. Indians make it anywhere except in India. Particularly, Indians make it in the … Continue reading Indians Make it in the USA, not in India

Universal Literacy

It stands to reason that compared to the poor, rich people educate their children more. That's because they have more wealth and can spend more on education. Rich countries therefore have a more educated population compared to the poor, which naturally implies that their populations are more literate. But since at some time in the … Continue reading Universal Literacy

A New Kind of Test

TIME has a brief piece on an interesting change in what the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) tests. "Students will no longer be rewarded for the rote memorization of semi-obscure definitions. Instead, the words that the SAT will highlight in vocabulary questions will be “high utility” words that students are likely to encounter in life and … Continue reading A New Kind of Test