List by Author: John D. Barrow
If you are a flower then April is allegedly the cruellest month, but if you are a student of any sort then I'm sure you would have picked June.
John Barrow gives us an overview, from Aristotle's ideas to Cantor's neverending tower of mathematical infinities, and from shock waves to black holes.
A simple question to ask about kayak races is whether having lots of paddlers helps or slows the boat down? The kayak with two paddlers has twice as many "engines" to power it but it also has twice as much weight to drag through the water. Which is the dominant factor?
If you look at the pattern of rowers in a racing four or eight rowing boat then you expect to find them positioned in a symmetrical fashion, alternately rightleft, rightleft as you go from one end of the boat to the other. However, the regularity of the rower's positions hides a significant asymmetry that affects the way the boat will move through the water.
If you manage a large organisation, then people will come and go. There are always decisions to make about promoting people, promising newcomers versus experienced middle managers, all of whom are aspiring to move up the corporate ladder. But is it better to promote the least competent rather than the most competent? Some new research suggests that it may be.
Table tennis first became an Olympic sport in 1988, but changed its scoring system in 2001 to make matches more exciting for spectators. But how does the new system compare to the old one in terms of your chances of winning?
How large are the forces acting on a gymnast swinging on the high bar?
In many sports a particular tactical conundrum arises. The team captain has to choose the best order in which to use a group of players or setplays in the face of unknown counter choices by the opposition. Do you want to field the strongest players first to raise morale or play them last to produce a late run for victory? John D. Barrow shows that randomness holds the answer.
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