Hey look — A couple brainiacs have come up with a mathematical formula that can accurately predict how the bubbles in the head of that beer in front of you will change over time.
According to the report published today in the journal Nature, Robert MacPherson of Princeton University in New Jersey and David Srolovitz of Yeshiva University in New York, have developed a formula that explains how the tiny bubbles that make up beer foam grow.
From the Reuters article:
The formula explains how the tiny bubbles that make up foam grow — an explanation that could lead to the development of products such as metal shrink wrap… The possibilities include “the heat treatment of metals or even controlling (the) head on a pint of beer…”
Well, I don’t know about metal shrink wrap (I have enough trouble with the plastic kind), but I can tell you that you don’t need a room full of math geeks to control the head on a pint of beer — good hand / eye coordination is more than enough.
Still, you have to admire the guys who developed the formula. I mean, most of us just sit on a barstool and pay someone else for beer. Those guys figured out a way to get someone to pay them. (I’m sure it took years of “study”.)
Ain’t science great?
» Read the article (via Reuters)