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Nothing on Earth is more exciting than the science around the corner! Did you ever ask yourself…

  • What is the equation to calculate the maximum time of dipping a cookie into hot tea before it breaks?1
  • How long will the marriage of you and your partner last? 2
  • What is the dropping rate of tar? (…it’s one drop per 8 years!)3
  • Which are the odds that one of the 200-400 million spermatozoa launched in one ejaculation reaches and fertilises the egg?4

This 5th Interdisciplinary PhDnet Meeting let us revisit the basics of our existence, the science behind everyday life. Maybe the answer to life, the Universe and everything is not 42, but at least we can calculate why a toast always lands on its buttered side.

If you are fascinated by scientific explanations of everyday phenomena, if you have a vision of how your own studies could help to understand everyday life better, then you shouldn’t miss this workshop. Register now and join us on a trip to science beyond the laboratory…

Need inspiration? Then continue reading:

You return tired from work. You turn on the heating, take off your shoes, put on some Iron Maiden on the CD Player (…I know! You have some weird music ideas to relax) and check your twitter account on your iPhone. Meanwhile you’re making some instant noodles for dinner.

Now imagine this: remove electricity, remove polymer science, remove lasers, remove liquid crystals technology, and lastly (and perhaps most painfully) remove dehydration techniques. While we’re at it, you can as well remove building structural analysis methods. Now off you go…wearing your scruffy animal hide (killing that mammoth was a tough cookie)…creep into your niche in the cave and hope that the cold won’t kill you off during the night.

1 Len Fisher published his experiments on this topic in 1999 as “Physics takes the biscuit.” Nature 397: 469

2 There is a simlpe formula that can be found in J.M. Gottman, J.D. Murray, C. Swanson, R. Tyson and K.R. Swanson (2002) “The mathematics of marriage: dynamic nonlinear models” MIT Press, Cambridge

3 Read everything about this 62 (!) years lasting long-term study by R. Edgeworth, B. Dalton and T. Parnell in “The pitch drop experiment” (1984) European Journal of Physics 5: 198 ff

4 The odds of one particular sperm winning the race are worse than the odds on a particular person winning the National Lottery with one ticket at the first attempt! (Len Fisher, “How to dunk a doughnut” , Phoenix 2003)