How to read a research paper ?

I still remember the time I read my first ever research paper and was completely blown away!

The hardest part was that I didn’t know how to get through the paper with all its complexities (how do I even start? , Wait, I didn’t understand this section(Panic!), what do I do with all these references ?  etc)  and I spent probably like a month trying to understand it but in vain.

Since this is a skill that rarely gets taught, to all those budding researchers I strongly recommend reading the linked article. Trust me it would save you tons of time !

Have a great day!

How to read a research paper ?


Can dominos knock down the empire state building ?

Chain Reaction.

Everyone knows that a line of standing dominos creates a fun chain reaction when you knock the first one over; but did you know you can use increasingly larger dominos and get the same result?

The setup.

Professor Stephen Morris knocks over a 1-meter tall domino that weighs over 100 pounds by starting with a 5mm high by 1mm thick domino.He uses a size ratio of 1.5, meaning each domino is one and a half times larger than the last one. This is the generally accepted maximum ratio that dominos can have to successfully knock each other over.

Hans Van Leeuwen of Leiden University in the Netherlands, published a paper online showing that, theoretically, you could have a size ratio of up to two. But that’s in an ideal (and probably unrealistic) situation.

Fun fact.

There are 13 dominoes in this sequence. If Professor Morris used 29 dominoes in total, with the next one always being 1.5x larger, the last domino would be the height of the Empire State Building.


Source: Physics Buzz.