Computational Science

[This was written for my college magazine. So, many references exist that may only be understandable to people from my college. Especially the ‘II’ section is highly college specific.

Quite a few people commented that the my explanation of what Computational Science is, is quite good. I have decided to publish this in the hope that this helps someone.

Note: The article is being published as was in the magazine. No editing has been done.]


When I came to this college, this new degree had just been announced. It had all the normal things but it also gave a minor in CS. Now, CS here doesn’t stand for Computer Science, it definitely doesn’t stand for Counter Strike (Although I’m sure many in our college could get one). CS is Computational Science. Now the first thing I thought of when I heard that was,  “How is that different from Computer Science?”

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No, not for free.

[This was originally sent to Writer’s Arena a part of the literary event Shailee in my college’s techno-cultural fest Synapse. Won the second prize! Yay! Also, been published in college magazine by the Shailee committe. Thanks.]

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#!mode –original-source –multi-linear-set

#92/6535, Auth: Salander Grady Twins, Lifetime: 693

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Filter Bubbles and the Surveillance Model

This was co-authored with Anushree Gupta who blogs at

[Disclaimer: We don’t claim to know the exact workings of the internet so we are working with whatever knowledge we do have. Also, this touches upon quite a few things that are complexly interrelated and form feedback loops and vicious circles. Hence a linear flow may not always be found. Please bear with it.
Companies generally mean normal (non-internet) companies. “Website” has been used again and again instead of internet companies to keep the writers sane.]

The internet is basically just a lot of servers(data storage devices) that are interconnected, forming a network. Hence, interconnected+network=internet. Okay, maybe not, but essentially the internet isn’t a magical thing. It is just a collection of devices that are connected. Now keeping all these things working requires many resources. Need for resources generally implies that there is going to be a need for financial support for the infrastructure as well as the intellect working behind the scenes. In the current scenario, the Web as we know it is run by companies providing services to anyone who has access to the internet including social media, news and search among many others. Like regular companies, they need money to operate. So, how do these internet companies get money?

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[Disclaimer: Beware! There will be spoilers. I strongly suggest that you go watch the movie before continuing reading. Also, this isn’t an in depth analysis of the movie; I am just stating some of the things that I noticed.]

Let me start by saying that this space exploration saga is an epic movie! With names such as Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, Matthew McConaughey, and Kip Thorne associated with it you don’t go in expecting anything less. Now this isn’t a full blown review, I am just stating some thoughts I had about this movie. What I mainly want to talk about in this movie is essentially the contribution of Kip Thorne and why the people who are criticising the science behind the movie are wrong. I would also lament on the lacklustre way in which they botched up the whole dystopia.

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Economic Organisation of a POW Camp

This is half a review of the article “Economic Organisation of a POW Camp” and half a commentary on what I learned from it. I was told of this paper by R.A. Radford by my father when he found out that I had a course on economics in my second semester. The author Richard Radford was English by birth and left university to join the army at the start of World War II. He was captured by enemy forces in Libya in 1942, and he got his degree in Economics after returning to Cambridge after the war. He later moved to America to join the IMF, where he served till his retirement. He also taught economics at John Hopkins University in his early days at the IMF.1

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