Folks, it gives me great pleasure to present to you Nomad Metallurgist.
Prof. Ranganathan, the blogger behind Nomad Metallurgist, is a colleague and a friend. He has traveled far and wide (his RMS velocity is pretty high, as Anant would put it) in the real world as well as in the intellectual one. In India's Legendary Wootz Steel: An Advanced Material of the Ancient World, he and his co-author Dr. Sharada Srinivasan take you on a rollicking tour of archeology, history, geography, anthropology, art, craft, myths, legends, literature, and, of course, modern materials science.
His blog, too, fits this pattern: it has posts on his visit to Kazakhstan as well as on his forays into what he calls the Lilliputland -- the world of nanotechnology. In another post, his link to an onine article reveals his strong interest in Syria, not only for its legendary Damascus swords, but also for its fine lingerie!
It feels great to welcome this avid traveler to the wonderful world of blogs!