Articles written in Resonance – Journal of Science Education
Volume 1 Issue 1 January 1996 pp 63-70 General Article
Volume 1 Issue 2 February 1996 pp 117-119 Book Review
Volume 1 Issue 4 April 1996 pp 87-89 Book Review
Volume 1 Issue 5 May 1996 pp 82-84 Research News
Volume 1 Issue 6 June 1996 pp 2-4 Article-in-a-Box
Volume 4 Issue 2 February 1999 pp 88-90 Book Review
Volume 5 Issue 2 February 2000 pp 76-79 Research News
Volume 5 Issue 4 April 2000 pp 62-73 General Article
Volume 5 Issue 9 September 2000 pp 58-68 General Article
Volume 6 Issue 4 April 2001 pp 4-5 Editorial
Volume 10 Issue 2 February 2005 pp 3-5 Article-in-a-Box
Volume 10 Issue 11 November 2005 pp 5-5 Article-in-a-Box
Volume 10 Issue 11 November 2005 pp 95-97 Book Review
Volume 23 Issue 5 May 2018 pp 609-612 Book Review
Volume 23 Issue 8 August 2018 pp 841-843 Article-in-a-Box
Volume 23 Issue 8 August 2018 pp 871-884 Series Article
In this series of articles, I will introduce the reader to the scienceof ethology, somewhat indirectly by describing simpleexperiments, both old and new, designed to understand howand why animals behave the way they do. My emphasis willbe on the design of the experiments and my goal will be tomotivate readers not only to think about the design but alsoto come up with alternatives and improvements. Motivatedreaders can indeed replicate some of these experiments evenif they end up replacing the study animal or the behaviours ofinterest with their own favourite choices. In the first part ofthe series, I describe how Niko Tinbergen – Nobel Laureateand one of the founding fathers of ethology (the science of animalbehaviour) – designed remarkably simple experimentsto successfully understand how digger wasps find their ownnests in a complex habitat also consisting nests built by otherwasps.
Volume 23 Issue 10 October 2018 pp 1101-1116 General Article
In the second article in the series, I will describe how theyoung Karl von Frisch, later to become another founding fatherof ethology and Nobel Laureate, defied established authorityto design simple yet logically clever experiments toshow that honey bees indeed have colour vision. His experimentsforever changed our view of animals and also the wayexperiments in animal behaviour are designed. It might interestreaders to know that Karl von Frisch’s experimentsdescribed in this part inspired Tinbergen’s experiments describedin the previous article in this series.
Volume 23 Issue 11 November 2018 pp 1243-1257 General Article
In this article, I will describe how a simple, curiosity-basedexperiment to understand how ants are smart enough to choosethe shortest path led the exploration of self-organization andswarm-intelligence and resulted in major applications in computerscience and optimization algorithms. The focus willbe on curiosity, simplicity, interdisciplinarity, and being unmindfulof immediate applications.