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Hyperdimensional water

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Chuffy, 3 Feb 2008.

  1. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    I read the Bad Science column in Saturdays Grauniad. Very interesting. But the passage below did my head in...
    Ok. Litres are a measure of quantity. Cubic is just a notional way of arranging a given quantity. So what the hell is he on about? Argh!
     
  2. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

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    It's a play on the old square centimetres/centimetres squared joke.

    Litres are a measure of volume enclosed by some 3 dimensional shape. You cube them and in dimensional analysis style you end up with nine.
     
  3. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

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  4. Pete

    Pete Guest

    Cubic metres, they probably meant - so the inference is, someone dictated the story to someone else maybe? Twenty million litres wouldn't be much of a reservoir: barely enough to fill a large swimming pool.

    I have this vague memory from early schooldays, on first learning about 'square' anything, I was eagerly trying to square pounds and ounces (and probably: pounds, shillings and pence) and wondering why the teacher wasn't giving me any marks...
     
  5. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    Oooh, me sides! ;)

    I still don't get it. :biggrin:
     
  6. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Bloody hell, Chuffy. Get a basics physics textbook.

    Not like there's much else in Devon to do.
     
  7. Speicher

    Speicher Vice Admiral

    If a very large cube is made up of nine smaller cubes, you end up with 27 dimensions, each of the nine cubes having three dimensions.;)
     
  8. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Probably best if you stick to the RLJ threads from now on mate! ;)
     
  9. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    Underestimating the complexity of water is a basic mistake. About 5 years ago a company started marketing extra strong water, think it was called Blue Water. Apparently if you put a bottle of it next to a lemon, it could suck all of the acidity out of it.
     
  10. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    How long have you been a lesbian? ;)
     
  11. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    ;)

    DomTyler you are forgiven. For everything.
     
  12. Speicher

    Speicher Vice Admiral

    Heavy water - does anyone remember or know about that?
     
  13. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Think that's more about Norway and Nazi plots and atom bombs and stuff.
     
  14. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    Think it was manufuctured by the germans in WWII in norway for making nuclear weapons?
     
  15. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    I hated physics. Possibly because the jokes were so bad.