The three-body problem

The publication of the novel "The three body problem" written by Chinese author Cixin Liu rekindled my interest about this long-standing issue in classical dynamics. As also pointed out in the novel, an empty space is stationary (and boring). An empty space plus a spherical body is also stationary (still boring). An empty space plus … Continue reading The three-body problem

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Are more babies born when there’s a new moon?

Introduction According to folklore, more babies are born under a New Moon. I was also said that during those days midwives have to book for more shifts. I think this is a pretty simple statement that can be tested (falsified) with some basic statistics, the main problem being where to find good data. My answer? Facebook, of … Continue reading Are more babies born when there’s a new moon?