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Editorial, September 2015

posted Dec 28, 2015, 1:14 AM by SRamachandran igib
Communicating through connecting : towards contributing to a larger role

As an M.Sc. student, I read the essay by Michael Faraday "The Chemical History of a Candle". At that time it was printed in a book of essays by eminent scientists but now it is available in the World Wide Web. While reading the essay I could visualize all the parts of a burning candle that I had seen many times but never wondered about the chemistry of combustion and its effects. Such was the power of communication in that essay. I guess it is not inappropriate to consider that communicating science investigations is non-trivial and a goal in itself. Other great scientist communicators are - to name a few (not in any order) - Carl Sagan, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, Richard Feynman, Abdul Kalam, Simon Singh, D. Balasubramanian and many others. The essays by these scientists can be read and appreciated by one and all.

Many of us spend our valuable time in writing papers reporting the results of our investigations and try to publish in journals of repute. However, we should also try to communicate to other colleagues and friends, who may be specialists in other areas or may not even be specialists in any field.

IGIB Pulse newsletter is a medium of communication to describe the results of our science investigations to a wider audience. Students, Scientists and Administration staff can use this medium to communicate their discoveries or their impact on the pursuit of science projects. The section on Pulsating Thoughts of IGIBians can be used to express views beyond the realms of material science.
Your suggestions and contributions are most welcome to run IGIB Pulse regularly. In bringing out this maiden issue, I thank my friends and students who came forward with bubbling ideas. Special thanks to Vinod, my colleague for coming up with the new design.

I have tried to the best of my efforts towards being correct in communication. If some gaps arise, responsibility is mine.