In all of my classes I take special effort to have a Fun Friday every week. These classes are exactly like Mondays and Wednesdays except, you know… fun. Here are some Fun Friday links from the Interwebs:
1. Stephen Hawking loses $100 bet on the Higgs – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmzwuYj5w1U&feature=player_embedded
2. My favorite Higgs predictions: http://physicsbuzz.physicscentral.com/2012/06/higgs-boson-soon-place-your-bets.html
Fermilab scientists interrupt the announcement, saying, “Yo CERN, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish. But the top quark was one of the best particle physics discoveries of all time. One of the best of ALL TIME!”
Odds: 49 in 100
3. This cartoon by Walt Handelsman:
4. Published math paper retracted because it contains no scientific content: http://retractionwatch.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/math-paper-retracted-because-it-contains-no-scientific-content/
The official notice says:
This article has been retracted at the request of the Publisher, as the article contains no scientific content and was accepted because of an administrative error. Apologies are offered to readers of the journal that this was not detected during the submission process.
The abstract reads: “In this study, a computer application was used to solve a mathematical problem.” The authors give emails addresses at yahoo.com and budweiser.com. The conclusion ends with:
In brief an impossible proposition was proved as possible. This is a problematic problem. Further studies will give birth to a new branch of mathematical science.
Happy Fun Friday!