Category Archives: Science

Anything technical or science related.

Fick’s Law

Fick’s Law is a principle of physics, and forms the basis and foundation of diffusion and more generally mass transfer. Diffusion is the action where molecules of dye in water spread out out from their source instead of staying concentrated … Continue reading

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Bubble Collapse: Introduction

The other day I was playing with some soap bubbles and I started thinking: what makes them pop? And furthermore, sometimes they don’t pop, instead they will shrink down to nothing. So what causes each of these different behaviors? Can … Continue reading

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Rock Paper Scissors Variation

In my last post, I explained the game theory mathematics of the standard game of Rock Paper Scissors (RPS), and what the Nash equilibrium is and how it works. Now I will show a similar analysis, but based on a … Continue reading

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Rock, Paper, Scissors: Nash Equilibrium

Everyone knows the age-old game of rock, paper, and scissors, it’s been around pretty much the whole world for a century or so, and originated in China ~2000 years ago. Generally the game is approached in 1 of 2 ways: … Continue reading

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Light Reflection in the Rain

Take a look at all these photos of city streets in the rain. I found them all on google image search and I am shamelessly hotlinking them: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 I was driving home … Continue reading

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My Erdős–Bacon number

Most people have heard of the Bacon number, the number of degrees of separation an actor has from Kevin Bacon, based of the Six Degrees of Separation idea. Well, this concept of looking up and assigning numbers based on the … Continue reading

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Approximation in Science and Engineering

One of the more interesting skills learned as an engineer or a scientist is the art/skill (it’s really both) of being able to make reasonable order-of-magnitude estimates. Using a combination of knowledge, common sense, reasoning, intuition, and some quick hand … Continue reading

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Fractal Fun

A couple of years ago I wrote a post where I talked about taking the imaginary number i to it’s own power an infinite amount of times, essentially \(\LARGE{i^{i^{i^{i^{.^{.^.}}}}}}\). I showed numerically at least that it converges upon a single … Continue reading

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Tower of Hanoi

I was chatting with my brother Porter the other day and he told me how he made a Tower of Hanoi game for his children to play with. It’s a fairly simple game with a well-known binary sequence to solving … Continue reading

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Satogaeri to Imazu, Part 2: The Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

Except for my quest to find an internet connection, the first few days here in Imazu were pretty uneventful. Usually we’re too jet-lagged to do much anyway, so it’s fine with us. Yesterday though, we took a trip to Fukui … Continue reading

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