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Zeno’s paradox

Zeno’s paradox

It’s a calm and sunny day as Achilles is walking through the city when he comes across a tortoise that approaches him. “Hi Achilles, I have a rather interesting question for you.”, says the tortoise. “Would you like to have a sprint race against me? I will get a head...

Quantum immortality

Quantum immortality

In quantum mechanics, physicists have come up with all kinds of thought experiments. Quantum suicide and quantum immortalilty are examples of these thought experiments. They are a variation on the most famous problem in quantum mechanics, Schrödinger’s cat. This...

Simpson’s Paradox

Simpson’s Paradox

In 1951 Edward Simpson published a paper discussing the interpretation of contingency tables. He discusses a phenomenon that is still occurring in today’s statistics. It is called after his own name, Simpson’s Paradox.  An Example Simpson’s Paradox can be...

The Technocracy

The Technocracy

A major outage led to the unavailability of Facebook and its subsidiaries WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger on Monday evening. The outage started at approximately 17:30 and lasted until 23:50. About 3.5 billion users of Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger...

A road to mathematics

A road to mathematics

Remember when you were young and you were too excited to sleep because you were going on vacation the next day? Your parents would wake you up very early the next morning because they wanted to drive all the way to the south of France in one day. Then, sometime during...

The power of subliminal messages

The power of subliminal messages

Did you ever go for a quick stop at the grocery store to buy some essential products that you needed to have and then came back home with way more food and drinks than you were planning to do so? Like most of us, you probably have done so. You didn’t need that bottle...

Impression of the Introduction Weekend 2021: Safari

Impression of the Introduction Weekend 2021: Safari

By Heleen Hulsebosch In the first weekend of September, it was finally time for the Introduction Weekend 2021! The weekend was filled with flattering safari costumes, a lot of sunscreen and some nice English. But, most importantly, all the freshmen got to know each...

The raven paradox

The raven paradox

The raven paradox Econometricians face difficult problems. One of the hardest problems one can encounter is a paradox. The raven paradox is such a problem and was first proposed by logician Carl Gustav Hempel. The paradox has its basis in statististics. In this...

Travelling every single country in the world

Travelling every single country in the world

As soon as one receives one’s first passport, dreams of filling it with stamps start drifting into one’s mind. With about 190 nations in the world, there is no dearth of places to visit. But how long would it take to visit every single country? And how much would it...

The math conference

The math conference

Two mathematicians, Simon and Blume, are at a conference dinner, fighting over the last few pieces of lobster and steak, when another mathematician walks up to them. Having heard about the brilliance of the two, he decides to present them a riddle. After thinking for...

The meme that is never gonna give you up

The meme that is never gonna give you up

If you have been on the internet in the past fourteen years, it might have happened to you. A link was sent to you, disguised as a funny video or interesting site. You clicked on the link, and, while hearing the first tunes, you already knew what was going on. It was...

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