Friday, July 08, 2005

20 degrees

After thousands of years of human history, science has finally found the answer to the eternal question on how should one throw a small stone in a lake/sea such that it will bounce the most times. In an article published in Nature about a year ago the experimental data showed that the optimum throwing angle is 20 degrees with respect to the surface. And a couple of weeks ago in an article published in Physical Review Letters a group studied theoretically the event and found out that the answer is indeed around 20 degrees.

Now I can rest in peace.