In pursuit of science, fitness, and happiness, this article is a continuation of the video shared here on fat loss. The chemical equation of human fat C55H104O6 decomposes into Carbon and Oxygen. Ruben Meerman’s video on the mathematics of weight loss led to the genesis of this article. Dipped with a small dose of quantum mechanics, this article shares a very brief overview of the micro world of elementary particles and laws of nature governing our bodies and this Universe.
Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen atoms play a fundamental role in burning fat. About 96% of human body is made up of carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen. Hydrogen and Helium are also the elements which build the atomic mass of our universe. Hydrogen and Helium atoms make up 99.8 % of all atoms and 98% of all atomic mass in the Universe. An atom has protons and neutrons in its nucleus with electrons orbiting the nucleus. Protons and neutrons have the same weight which is much more than the weight of electrons. Mass of electrons is negligible compared to the weight of protons and neutrons. The number of protons decides the elementary characteristics of the elements on the periodic table. The mass differs from the weight. Mass measured by mass of atoms in the body which is equal to the mass of protons and neutrons combined. Mass is constant while weight changes according to the gravitation pull of the planet. The movies Interstellar and The Martian are good examples of how weights can vary in different planets. Continue reading “One for Science: Elementary Particles, Mass and Forces of Nature”
One of my favorite Professors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Barry Rabe has released his new book Can We Price Carbon? A well-documented review of the book is mentioned below. This book is a great read for anyone interested in the subject. I had attended one of Barry’s course at the University, loved his demeanor and engagement with students. I will be covering this book again sometime later. I plan to publish the review of at least one new book every month going forward…
Kurtosis is a measure used in statistics to measure weight in the tails. A normal curve with a mean of zero has a kurtosis of 3. Kurtosis in simple terms measures outliers in a distribution of data sets. Continue reading “Kurtosis: Are you an outlier?”
ETF also known as Exchange Traded Funds are on a meteoric rise globally. According to a report by PWC, ETF’s in the US is going to grow to $5.9 trillion by 2021, a whopping 23% cumulative annual growth compared to $1.6 trillion in Europe and $560 billion in Asia. ETF’s are passive investment products which track an index. Exchange Traded Funds are linked to different asset classes like equities and commodities. In the US, S&P 500 would be a broad equity index so an ETF linked to S&P 500 would replicate this index. Replication here means it would track the index. ETF would not outperform the underlying index i.e. S&P 500 but rather deliver similar returns. Let’s understand a few concepts here. Continue reading “Exchange Traded Funds: Rise of Passive Investing…Series Begins”
US celebrates 241 years of Independence Day. 4 of July or July Fourth as popularly known in US , marks the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. To commemorate this day, recommend reading The Federalist Papers. The Federalist Papers are set of eighty five papers written under alias Publius (Hamilton, Madison and Jay). They are one of the best commentaries on political theory and thoughts behind the US constitution. I am still reading them and suggest that its good to read them slowly taking few papers per week. The papers are deeply insightful and visionary in perspective. Hamiliton, Madison and Jay are three of the seven founding fathers of US. George Washington (First US President) , Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison. Continue reading “United States Of America: 4 of July, The Federalist Papers & Born In USA”
Book of the month especially for students and professionals interested in social work with emphasis on eradicating poverty: Poor Economics by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo.
Recommended by one of my Professors at Ford School, its very thought provoking with examples from around the world on projects done in eradicating poverty. Maybe a more detailed review later.
I had been to my first church in US this Easter and loved the experience. Its very close to Central Campus, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with access to WiFi and a lounge where you can read and write. I had a very good experience of meditating there and plan to visit regularly for meditation. I share my loving kindness with everyone.
Great read from one of the foremost scientist in world today, Lawrence Krauss. Review coming up soon. Stay tuned….
Alvin Tofler the futurist guru from America passed away yesterday. I remember I had read his book The Third Wave more than a decade ago. A hugely influential book worldwide predicting the transformation of civilization in the information age. Continue reading “Alvin Tofler: Monumental Thinker”
” Anyone interested in helping create a better world should read this book...” Bill Gates
Have not read the book myself but a must read considering the recommendation is from none other than one of the Quintessential Humanitarians of modern era.
Presently the book is in paperback edition only and not available in India in Amazon or Flipkart. Also the kindle edition is awaited.
April 23 is celebrated as World Book Day.
I was not even aware that we had a World Book Day. Thanks to Amazon for sharing the information with clients and changing the paradigm of how we read books. Continue reading “April 23…World Book Day”
Peter Thiel part of Paypal Mafia is an imminent Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, who co founded Paypal and Palantir apart from funding many illustrations start ups, is a well known personality around the world. One of the Quintessential Entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley, his book Zero to One is a very informative assessment of what it takes to succeed in today’s world. He is widely known for his philanthropy especially in Life Sciences along with Larry page, Co Founder of Google. Continue reading “Zero to One: Peter Thiel & Paypal Mania at its best”
This is one of the best non fiction books one could read about ancient civilization encompassing lost civilizations, alien intelligence and much more. I had read the book more than a decade back but it left a long lasting impression which still lingers on. Written by Graham Hancock who himself had been an imminent professional journalist, its is a very entertaining read about how culture among many distant ancient civilizations was similar in-spite of huge demographic distances. Over the years many findings have out to be untrue as stated in the book, nevertheless the book comes out with a very persuasive argument about the role played by alien intelligence in propagating civilization on our planet. Continue reading “Fingerprints Of The God…Book With A Different View”