Laws of the Universe

  • February 24, 2017 Laws of the Universe - Collatz conjecture

    *Any positive integer that repeatedly undergoes the Collatz transformation will eventually equal 1.* In the world of mathematics there are many unsolved problems named after people. The problem is, th...

  • February 21, 2017 Laws of the Universe - Hotelling's law

    *Producers of products and services tend to make their products and services as similar as possible to those of their competitors.*

  • February 16, 2017 Laws of the Universe - Perlin noise

    *A mathematical method used to simulate the type of randomness found in nature.* Many things in nature are perfectly regular, like the repeating atomic structure of a diamond, or the tiled hexagons of...

  • February 11, 2017 Laws of the Universe - Maillard reaction

    *The chemical reaction that occurs when food browns.* Cooking is all about chemistry. Well, actually it’s about biology too. Not to mention geography, economics, culture, sex, climate, politics, and...

  • February 05, 2017 Laws of the Universe - Jevons' paradox

    *Using a natural resource more efficiently leads to an increased amount of the natural resource being used.* In the last forty years or so, we’ve done an amazing job at making automobiles cleaner an...

  • January 29, 2017 Laws of the Universe - Peto's paradox

    *Within a single species the incidence of cancer is correlated with the number of cells. But between species it isn't.* Every incidence of cancer begins with a mutation in one or a few cells. Those ge...

  • January 25, 2017 Laws of the Universe - Ohm's law

    *Voltage equals current times resistance.* There is nothing more fundamental to electricity than Ohm’s law. Everyone who works in fields related to electricity or electronics makes use of it — you...

  • January 17, 2017 Laws of the Universe - Green's law

    *Wave height is inversely proportional to water depth.* It’s a curious feature of nature that out in the deep ocean, tsunami waves barely make a ripple. For instance the tsunami wave that roared acr...

  • January 10, 2017 Laws of the universe - Lagrange points

    *Orbit points where a spacecraft will seemingly stay stationary in space.* Being in orbit seems so tranquil and serene. Just check out how chill NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson is here, looking ou...

  • January 03, 2017 Laws of the Universe - Van der Waal's attraction

    *At extremely close range there can be an attractive force between molecules.* Let us now praise the humble and miraculous gecko.