# Blog

MnP - Our Mission and Vision I am writing this post in the hope of shedding some light on the true essence and relevance of the Maths and Physics Club and its activities. Alan Turing Turing was born in Maida Vale, London, while his father, Julius Turing, was on leave from his position with the Indian Civil Service (ICS) at Chatrapur, in India. James Maxwell In 1922, when Einstein visited the University of Cambridge, he was told by his host that he had done great things because he stood on Newton’s shoulders; Einstein replied: “No I don’t. I stand on the shoulders of Maxwell”. Random Number Generator It is said that scientific research is primarily about observing the wonders of nature, trying to identify the patterns and analysing and developing theories based on the observations. Recognizing patterns - why does it seem to be the central theme of various discoveries? Are there patterns in all aspects of life? Or is the world governedby chance? It seems like randomness stalks us every day of our lives. So, can we build a perfectly random system such that we are not able to develop connections between the given data? Sudoku Labyrinth Howdy fellas!As promised here’s another series of #BrainBusters. This time we bring to you two varieties of picture logic puzzles: Sudoku Labyrinth and Hanjie puzzles, which are fun to solve and just the right amount of challenging!Figure out how to solve these and mail your solutions to mnpclub.iitb@gmail.comThe first few responders to get the puzzles right will be featured on our page.Cheers! Oloids Did you ever feel like rolling something nicely on a level surface but you are bored of using spheres and cylinders? Well then, we got the perfect answer for you, solids of constant width. These are solids which when rolled over a level surface have their geometric center at a constant height in all situations. John Bardeen Today, superconducting technology is used in the world’s most sensitive detectors of magnetic fields, with applications ranging from oil prospecting to nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and medical imaging (MRI). John Bardeen - the only physicist awarded Nobel prize twice, is the father of the great BCS theory. Find Smith Howdy Fellas!“If the little grey cells are not exercised, they grow the rust.”-Agatha Christie Josephus Problem Legend has it that Josephus wouldn’t have lived to become famous without his mathematical talents. During the Jewish-Roman war, he was among a band of 41 Jewish rebels trapped in a cave by the Romans. What happened next? Cryptography You connect your phone to a computer and a message pops up saying, “trust or don’t trust this computer” What is this trust? Why can you download only certified apps ? How do you get to talk over email, what makes you so sure that you can share your bank details over the internet? Raghav Goyal studies the basics of cryptography, which includes historic encryption methods from the world war II to modern times and a lot more . You can find a report of his learnings here! Fractals Hasn’t symmetry always mesmerized you? Fractals are special objects that are symmetric with respect to scale.What are Fractals?Fractals are beautiful mathematical patterns that are characterized by self-similarity. If a fractal patternis zoomed into, the exact same pattern appears. Few popular examples are the Sierpinski Gasket andthe Koch Snowflake. The Summer of Science Summer of Science is an initiative by the Maths and Physics Club, to encourage, and help discover, the joy of learning. Quantum Computing The following article was written for and published by the annual newsletter of Dept. of Physics, IIT Bombay in collaboration with Insight, the student media body of IITB, in the Autumn semester of my freshmen year (2015). It is aimed at providing a brief info to the latest advancements in the field of quantum computing and what lies ahead. The Universe and Beyond! Is our universe really infinite? If you keep going in some direction in a spacecraft will you see some magical force field and a sign board saying “End of the Universe, Keep Out!” (Or rather, keep in? :P). Blackhole Information Paradox Does the baffle still remain? Brain's Positioning System Ever wondered what’s happening in our brains when we get lost or explore a new place? The Nobel Prize in Physiology for the year 2014 was awarded for some of the answers to this problem which had been puzzling scientists for almost a century. Memristors and the Future of Computing Welcome the days of a new kind of electronic device.. All hail the memristor, a device that could revolutionarise the world of computing by implementing wonderful technology! Flexagons Flexagons are paper polygons, folded from straight or crooked strips of paper, which have the fascinating property of changing their faces when they are “flexed”