Meet the TMT team with a new interview in our blog. Before the pandemic we met with Caty Pilachowski, Professor of Astronomy, who has held several leadership positions in the astronomical community. She has been active in research on the evolution of stars, large telescope design and construction, women in science and much more.
Dr Ravinder Bhatia, TMT Associate Project Manager, interviews with Annapurni Subramaniam, Professor of Astronomy at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics in Bangalore. She is the Indian project manager for the TMT observatory Software development.
A couple of weeks ago I was in Mumbai, to give a talk on TMT at "Vigyan Samagam—Pushing the Frontiers of Science”. The event was organized by the Indian government, to showcase India’s contributions to large international collaborations in fundamental science and research.
While pursuing my doctorate in experimental astrophysics, in London, I would sometimes visit the map room at the British Museum. I'd look at the ancient maps, with coastlines that were recognizable, but distorted and out of proportion. Some areas were imagined to be populated by terrifying monsters, or even left blank, because cartographers of the time had insufficient information to do better. Over time, as more information was observed or...