From wacky and pseudo to cutting edge, Indians probe the limits of science

Updated 3:03 PM, 10 June, 2020
Indian Scientist on superconductivity, cold fusion and perpetual motion - The Federal
Illustration: Prathap Ravishankar

Most engineers his age have settled down at mid-level positions in companies. Tabrez Ahmed of Chennai quit his job eight years ago and initiated a startup. His company is a one-man show and its aim is not to make money. It seeks to disprove the second law of thermodynamics.

It’s a project that engineering students sometimes imagine in the second year of their college when they are exposed to the depressing law that when energy is transferred or transformed, it inevitably gets wasted. They are told that when they need to produce power, they......