I was kind of fed up with the fire hose of Covid news items. Then the worship of Covid apps as the way to redemption came along, and, well, I had to write something. I’ve been developing software for over twenty years, and guess what, I fear Covid Apps are a pipe dream.

# Category: Science

Dutch high school education has always been pretty good at teaching the basics of science. I also have a master’s degree in computer science from what is considered one of the top universities in the Netherlands.

That has given me a strong basis in math, physics, some chemistry, and of course, IT.

I like to keep that knowledge up-to-date and expand it by looking at certain interesting scientific phenomena. And for me, writing is learning.

Ninety million years ago, the Earth was warmer than it is today. We might go to a similar world in the next few centuries, but we’re not there yet. I recently saw an article on what that meant for Antarctica. I was surprised.

Pick an actor, then find the shortest route through cast lists from that actor to a movie with Kevin Bacon. You can play a similar game with Spotify, by finding the shortest number of clicks to reach from artist A to B. The Kevin Bacon game has gained fame as Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Why is this relevant?

Take a look at a branch. Notice that the leaves appear in a pattern, every leaf in a specific place on the branch at a certain angle. In fact this is a mathematical pattern leading to something called the golden ratio. Time for some math.