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Dilip D’Souza

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sixteen little puzzles ‘fore I go’

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Dilip D’Souza For a year-ending column, something I’ve done before but not for a long time now: A grab-bag of puzzles, some more mathematical than others. They are taken from many different sources, but wasting no more time, here they are. 1) Your friend Kanak... More »

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Qubits may be coming, but it’s not over for bits

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Dilip D’Souza Remember qubits? I wrote about them in this space about a year ago. No, they’re not something from Rowling’s or Tolkien’s universes, but the fundamental building blocks of a fundamentally new kind of computing. You know: what “bits” are to the ki... More »

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Chandrayaan-2: Last 15 minutes are the longest

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Dilip D’Souza India’s own Chandrayaan-2 lifted off from Sriharikota on Monday. It’s now somewhere in space, heading for the Moon. Correct? Well, yes and no, and that’s actually why this is such a fascinating exercise. Chandrayaan-2 is indeed somewhere in space... More »

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No need to panic, the ants are on their way

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Dilip D’Souza Among my most treasured possessions are two traps. That’s right: traps. I got them several years ago, when I spent time with some Phase (“phaas-ay”) Pardhi families in rural Satara District, Maharashtra. With many other tribes in this country, Ph... More »