December 27th, 2009


Cue lame jokes and flames!

Sex differences in parking are affected by biological and social factors

"We show that men park more accurately and especially faster than women. Performance is related to mental rotation skills and self-assessment in beginners, but only to self-assessment in more experienced drivers. We assume that, due to differential feedback, self-assessment incrementally replaces the controlling influence of mental rotation, as parking is trained with increasing experience."

OK, Poindexter, but that science gobbledygook isn't very interesting. Let's get a reaction from Germaine Greer:

"You must remember that women also have bosoms which makes it very difficult to turn around."

Vive la différence!

Impossible? by Julian Havil

Impossible? Surprising Solutions to Counterintuitive Conundrums

A truly enjoyable book of recreational math, or whatever it should be called. At times, Havil delves too deeply into proofs and demonstrations for even my taste, but most of it should be accessible to any interested reader. But the true advantage of the book is that, in a field where the same aged chestnuts are printed and reprinted endlessly, this book had a high ratio of novelty.
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