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Monthly Archives: May 2011
Today, an experimental post. I was wondering what is the most efficient way to boil water, using a kettle or boiling on the gas hob? In order to determine this, I decided to knuckle down and experiment (for those of … Continue reading
Have you ever wondered why the bubbles on top of your pint tend to “stick” to the side of the glass? The answer has been found by my colleague at OCCAM (Dominic Vella): it’s because of the “Cheerios effect”. The … Continue reading
I was in Dorset last weekend when I saw a beautiful sundog (I took the picture on my phone – so apologies for the bad quality!) : The sun dog (also known as a parhelion) is evidenced by a thin … Continue reading
Chatting in the cafeteria the other day someone mentioned that QWERTY keyboards where designed so that letters that appear next to each other often in English do not appear next to each other on a typewriter. This minimizes the possibility … Continue reading
Matthen2 posted this problem on twitter and I thought it was interesting. If families all have children until they have exactly one daughter, on average how many children of either sex will they have? In this post I play with … Continue reading
Ackermann’s function is a very rapidly growing function defined as follows: There are articles on the web about clever ways of evaluating Ackermann’s function, but I was interested in investigating the most stupid possible way of doing it. After a … Continue reading