Category: Discovering Antwerpen
Square-1 Simulation and New Cubes
It’s time to face the truth: There is no book
Two diplomas lie in front of me, both issued in Simon’s name last week. The first diploma is in Dutch, called Getuigschrift van basisonderwijs (Elementary Education Certificate) from the Flemish … Continue reading It’s time to face the truth: There is no book
Rubik’s Cube Simulator and More
Cubing craze has reached a whole new level as Simon’s speed cube shop order is stuck at the customs in Brussels and his last old speed cube is broken. What … Continue reading Rubik’s Cube Simulator and More
In the Middle of our Street
A couple of months ago, Neva pointed to a narrow slit in the facade of the building across the street and said she observed birds go in and out. They … Continue reading In the Middle of our Street
Easter Eggs Optimization Problem
We’ve calculated the perfect (optimized) combination of biological corn snack (dinos) vs. premium Belgian chocolate eggs. Simon takes it from here: Here’re the assumptions that we used: Both one bag … Continue reading Easter Eggs Optimization Problem
Correction to an earlier post about one hour of snow this winter. Just as winter was wrapping up we did get more snow and ice (as did many people across … Continue reading Winter Memories
One Hour of Snow
Our hour of snow this winter. Had been anticipating this for months. I really miss snow, considering my Russian childhood/youth and all, but the kids treat it more like an … Continue reading One Hour of Snow
How many weeks old are you?
I always have my birthdays on a Saturday, a little girl told us at a playground. We laughed at first. But then we asked ourselves, why are we celebrating how … Continue reading How many weeks old are you?
Why does everyone get tides wrong!?
We were having a beautiful evening back home in Antwerp, at the harbor. At one point Simon started jotting some calculations on the reverse side of the menu sheet (he … Continue reading Why does everyone get tides wrong!?
Singing bottles, negative kelvins and resolving Zeno’s paradox
Picking up hiking keeps leading to beautiful conversations and thought experiments on the way. Yesterday, on our longest hike so far (over 8 km, partially in the sand), as we … Continue reading Singing bottles, negative kelvins and resolving Zeno’s paradox
Math To Go
Thanks to our usual summer hang-outs (Dutch beaches, local playgrounds and terraces) being closed, we have discovered that Simon doesn’t hate small hikes in the woods after all. At least … Continue reading Math To Go