Rosa recently returned from Ashoka meetings in Chennai and Hyderabad, reminding me of some information I’d collected about Indian visits to my website, E-drexler.com. India is enormously diverse (e.g., many cultures, 18 officially recognized regional languages, and very different state governments), and I became curious about where inside India this traffic was coming from. Here’s a map showing where visits originated during an interval of about five days:
I was impressed with the broad geographic distribution of visitors, and I’ve also noticed that, in comparison to readers from the U.S., readers from India tend to focus on the hard-core technical content of the website — for example, the Nanosystems content and Technology Roadmap downloads, relative to softer material like my bio or Engines of Creation.
This widespread interest and implied level of knowledge both fit with what I encountered when visiting India (especially at IIT Delhi and IISC in Bangalore), and they are also consistent with the quality of Indian education in science and mathematics. For example, Indian parents with children in U.S. schools reportedly have a problem if they move back: In math, their children are least 2 years behind their peers, and must take classes at a lower grade level.
- “Asia and the elements of innovation” (at McKinsey & Company)
- Nanotechnology research papers: The world’s most prolific authors
- Nanotechnology research: A better picture of work in China