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With each quarterly issue, the newsletter provides a glimpse into the exciting scientific research, discoveries, and ideas from pioneers across the world. There are also updates on recent news, programs and other activities held at ICTS.
ICTS Newsletter 2020 (Volume 6, Issue 2)

C.S. Seshadri, one of India's most eminent mathematicians, passed away on July 17, 2020. In our 11th issue, we remember Prof. Seshadri through the words of his friends and colleagues. We learn about the early days of the School of Mathematics at TIFR and its culture of excellence from the main pillars of the famed school. We also learn about the recent developments at the ALICE detector at CERN from one of India's top experimental physicists.

ICTS Newsletter 2020 (Volume 6, Issue 1)

For our tenth issue, we had originally planned to focus on the humanities. However, as this issue goes online, India and the world are engulfed by a one-in-a-century global pandemic. As science will play the key role in humanity’s response to this crisis, it was impossible to exclude COVID-19 from this issue. So we included a speech given by K. VijayRaghavan, who is the principal scientific adviser to the Government of India, professor emeritus and the former director of the National Centre of Biological Sciences, Bangalore. We also have answers from Gautam Menon to a series of questions our readers might have about the pandemic, especially in the Indian context. Menon is a professor of physics and computational biology at Ashoka University and Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai.

Apart from this, we have articles on Emperor Ashoka by Nayanjot Lahiri, about the environment and urban water by Sharachchandra Lele and analytical methods to understanding history by Tarun Khanna.

ICTS Newsletter 2019 (Volume 5, Issue 2)

In this issue, we learn in detail about the Event Horizon Telescope and the image of the black hole in galaxy M87. We learn about spacetime from error correcting codes and also the role of entanglement in the development of quantum technologies. Fernando Quevedo tells us about his ten fulfilling years at the helm of ICTP, Trieste, and spreading science in the developing countries of the world.

ICTS Newsletter 2019 (Volume 5, Issue 1)

Michael Francis Atiyah, one of the most significant mathematicians of the 20th century, passed away on January 11, 2019. He strongly supported the idea of creating the ICTS and played an important role in its establishment. He was a member of its International Advisory Board from inception till his passing away. In the eighth issue of ICTS News, we pay homage to the life of this great mathematician, by remembering him personally as well as through his greatest work – the Atiyah-Singer index theorem.

ICTS Newsletter 2018 (Volume 4, Issue 2)

How can public funding of world-class scientific research be justified in the Indian context? What are the key benefits of curiosity-driven research, and the resultant scientific culture, to a country like India? Can we quantitatively model the growth of the Indian scientific community and its impact on our country? In the seventh issue of ICTS News we take a break from our usual fare of articles on recent advances in science to address these important questions. 

ICTS Newsletter 2018 (Volume 4, Issue 1)

In our first issue of 2018, we present a collage of celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of ICTS-TIFR. We pay tribute to the life of Stephen Hawking and remember his science. We study quantum entanglement and the geometry of spacetime. We will pursue questions such as what is LIGO, what are gravitational waves and why was a Nobel Prize given for their observation.

ICTS Newsletter 2017 (Volume 3, Issue 2)

In this issue, we learn about black holes and the reversibility of time. We also understand large deviations in statistical physics. We talk to K. Narain about string theory, ICTP and Abdus Salam. We also present excerpts from a discussion with string theorist Andy Strominger about his work

ICTS Newsletter 2017 (Volume 3, Issue 1)

In our first issue of 2017, we understand the implications of global climate change. We talk to Freeman Dyson on what he sees as positive signs and J. Srinivasan on how climate change will hurt many more. We learn about the unusual behavior of clouds as well as the intermittent nature of turbulent flows. We also present excerpts from a discussion with Spenta Wadia about constructing science and institutions. 

ICTS Newsletter 2016 (Volume 2, Issue 2)

In our third issue, we understand how quantum spin liquids could well occupy the centre-stage of research in theoretical physics in the near future, learn about quantum computers, interact with Juan Maldacena to know his journey from the beginning and his views on how ICTS can play a crucial role. We also learn how LIGO-India came up and Chudnovsky's contributions to graph theory.

ICTS Newsletter 2016 (Volume 2, Issue 1)

In our second issue, the first in 2016, we highlight the spectacular discovery of gravitational waves, learn about the speculation around a new particle found at CERN. We also get introduced to the interesting work done by the NICE group at NCBS.