Splitting Beer Atoms (or Why Math Is Important)

Young Einstein, starring Yahoo Serious

For those of you who don’t follow movie trivia, my title is actually a reference to Young Einstein – a silly look at how Einstein might have made use of atomic theories to carbonate beer. Not exactly a classic, but funny. (Starring the oh-so-famous Yahoo Serious).

But seriously (shameless pun intended), it turns out that mathematics can finally predict “how the frothy head on a beer changes over time.” I always knew we’d prove to the world (and my skeptical students) that math really does have important uses! Sure, it also has relevance in controlling the heat-treatment of metals – but let’s not forget where the real value lies.

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