Peeling Back the Onion

No matter how much advanced mathematics you study, the great thing is that you rarely have to accept anything as-is. If you come across a procedure, technique, or result and you wonder how in the world it works, you can always retrace your steps and get back to the foundational reasons as to why it works. If you keep on asking “why”, you will eventually get back to your starting axioms. In between that and…

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How Many People Need To Watch?

We like being recognized for the work we do. This is even more relevant now, with the idea of documenting everything you do. (If it isn’t documented, did it happen?) We don’t want to do work unless there is some reward attached. This is true for both the “regular” work we do as well as our side projects. Despite claiming to enjoy what we do, I have fundamental doubts about how many people would continue…

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Learnings from the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference, Poster Presentation and Simulation Exercise

Vikas Nath and Artash Nath The International Academy of Astronautics organized its 6th Planetary Defence Conference from April 29 to May 3rd, 2019 at the University of Maryland in the USA. The bi-annual conference brings together world experts to discuss the threat to Earth posed by asteroids and comets and actions that might be taken to deflect a threatening object. Artash (Grade 7 student) submitted a paper to the conference on Using Machine Learning to predict the Risk Index…

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