Category Archives: Philosophy
Delivering the ABC Boyer Lecture in Sydney, Ms Bryce said her vision was for a country “where people are free to love and marry whom they choose and where perhaps my friends, one day, one young girl or boy may even grow up to be our nation’s first Head of State”.
Is it where you are born, or is it in your blood? Or where perhaps my friends, one unaccompanied minor may become our nation’s next Head of State?
We shall presume for the sake of the argument that the previous British ones were once young girls, or boys, too.
Many thanks to David Yerle for making me aware of a couple of assumptions I hadn’t made explicit in my last snapshot. I’ve updated my spreadsheet accordingly.
My ability to handle the moderately advanced calculus required to solve this puzzle is frustratingly poor, but at least now I am confident that the ant will indeed reach the end; provided it’s marching upright, has a stride length equivalent to 1cm, and only has one foot on the ground at a time. Alternatively – I suppose – it could hop.
If anyone’s interested in commissioning a look-up table that shows where the ant will be in space and time with respect to any given point on a uniformly stretching rubber band, please don’t hesitate to contact me. The initial taut length of the rubber band and the velocity of P100 can be modified with ease. For a small extra fee I can add an adjustable acceleration component.
Here’s some free information I’ve derived from the spreadsheet so far.
Your Grandma was right for the wrong reasons: rubber bands effectively control ants, but not because they hate the smell or intuitively fear them. They just can’t physically keep their feet in 6 different time zones at once.
The more numbers you need to produce between three equidistant points on a uniformly stretching rubber band in order to model the ongoing path of an ant , the smaller the entropy of the rubber band gets. This would appear to be in direct contradiction with what The Law of Entropy (in our universe) suggests i.e., “that as time passes, less and less energy will become available for use.”
Maybe that rubber band is nothing at all
like the universe it’s meant to represent.