When I first wanted to use OriginPro to make 3D plots for my Raman and photoluminescence data I struggled to find a solution for little problems for hours. It was not like I had no one to consult, but I wanted to figure it out myself because the same philosophy with learning things previously has helped me immensely in learning things with authority and developing my own characteristic style, by putting in an extra amount of time and hard work.
Check with your university, there’s a big chance that they offer you students a free copy of OriginPro. It is an amazing piece of software, easy to learn and can make plots beautiful enough to be published in Science or Nature.
However when I was toiling through things, I also wished someone who had gone through the same thing could have documented it somewhere. Not surprisingly, no one had. So I wanted to. Here it goes.
Cutting a square off the center of a paper is easy. Jab a scissor into the paper and start cutting. But there’s an easier way. Fold it in half and you can do it in two turns, no jabbing required. Fold it two times and you need just two turns. Fold it thrice and you don’t need any turns at all. You then can just cut a straight line and you’ve got a square when you open it up. If you fold at the diagonal first, you won’t even have to do three folds to reach just one cut to get a square.
The most amazing thing about this is that there’s a theorem in mathematics about this which says, as long as a shape is made up of straight lines, there is always a way to fold it properly such that you get that shape with a single straight cut.
As long as you avoid curvy letters, you can do this for every letter in the English alphabet. Here’s an example…
Online dating is a serious game these days. For any success of finding a mate online, Hannah Fry a lecturer in the mathematics of cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, has some really useful tips to share. Remember, all of these are backed by real math. Here is a quick rundown of the 3 most important points you should keep in mind if you are trying to find a partner online.
1. Be yourself. Turns out, trying to hide the ugly parts of yourself, you actually decrease your odds of receiving more messages. Counterintuitive, by completely backed by math.
2. According to optimal stopping theory, the math says that in the first 37% of your dating window, you should reject everybody for long-term relations. And when you are done with that, you should choose the next person that you think is better than everyone else you’ve dated before.
3. No compromise. Since 1 in two marriages fail, to avoid a marital breakup, it’s often mathematically
equivalent to see an argument between couples as an arms race. At least, the same equations are valid here too. Couples which spiral into a series of negativities are more prone to divorce than the couples who have bouts of positivity during arguments. So successful couples are the ones who do not let resentment built with time by having compromises. The ones who do not let anything unnoticed and allow each other to complain about everything.