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Season 1: 15 Science Articles Weekly

The Lecture on Relativity

“Get back to your desks, professor Einstein is almost here”, shouted Feynman, the class monitor. In a matter of seconds, what could have been declared as a chaotic system of loitering chatterboxes was organised into a class of physics students eagerly waiting for the arrival of their Professor. Einstein walks in. Walks up to Plank […]

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Season 1: 15 Science Articles Weekly

Equilibria and Oscillations

You’re on your way sitting on a train. You look outside and you see Dr Hannibal Lecter standing. He’s just standing there. On an wooden platform. Suddenly, he raises his hand. Waves. He takes a step forward. You jump back. He falls off the wood and before you can regain your courage he’s a hundred […]

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Season 1: 15 Science Articles Weekly

Dollars and Bitcoins

It’s the year 3069, you are an astronaut. You’re fed up of Earthly life and decide to shoot off into deep space in your brand new TeslaX Model V (which is equipped with the 42nd gen Merlin engines and is capable of an interplanetary flight with a range of 200 light minutes). After a week […]

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Being more Popular, Mathematically!

Saul Goodman said, “Let’s just say I know a guy, who knows a guy, who knows another guy”. Had this guy known another guy like the initial guy Saul knew chances are that at the sixth iteration he could have been referring to pretty much anyone in the world! Such is the concept of six […]

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Season 1: 15 Science Articles Weekly

Flattening the Curve and Mapping Mars

Lately in the COVID-19 context flattening the curve has always referred to the reduction of new daily cases. Yet, way before 2020, in 1569 Flemish Geographer had managed to flatten a substantial curve. He projected the curved round Earth onto a Flat paper and published what we know today as the Mercator’s Projection of the […]

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Season 1: 15 Science Articles Weekly

Kondratieff Cycles and The Wheel of Time

Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything. Steve Jobs, on introducing the iPhone Turns out that every 50 years or so, a disruptive new technology emerges and greatly influences our society. It improves our lives, shuffles the rich lists and throws the economy into the booming phase of a […]

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Season 1: 15 Science Articles Weekly

The Statistics of Success

I absolutely love how YouTube sets the stage for any discussion related to success. There are videos of successful people enumerating what they did to succeed. There are videos of successful YouTubers pointing out what successful people did to succeed. And then there are videos, rather advertisements, of courses that you can take to succeed […]

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Season 1: 15 Science Articles Weekly

Underlying Mathematics of Daily Conversation

Every day I wake up at 3am. If it’s a weekend, however, I go to sleep at 3am. I brush my teeth, go for a run, browse Reddit and listen to Eminem. Some elderly people from nearby residences often join me for their morning walk. To ensure that I keep myself socially distant, I minutely change my […]

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Season 1: 15 Science Articles Weekly

Oops! Captain is Dead… (An attempt to dock a Spacecraft in 3.14 Minutes)

This is like Snakes on a Plane but on steroids. Instead of a plane, you’re on a spacecraft. Instead of Snakes, there’s a dead captain. And your mission, should you choose to accept it, would be to dock the craft right onto the ISS. With six degrees of freedom for translatory motion and six more […]

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Season 1: 15 Science Articles Weekly

Very Very Big Numbers – From 0 to 0% of ∞

When I was 3, 99 was the biggest number I knew of. One day I was reciting the numbers at the playground (?!) and stopped at 99 with an air of finality. This other dude said, “…aaand hundred!”, and then continued with “Hundred one, hundred two,…”, etc. This felt weird. He was wandering in uncharted […]