This is a re-post from both Quanta Magazine and Nature&Science Facebook page, my most popular which gives good feelings and makes me sometimes think about not diminish the impact, the cleverness and the knowledge of the Social Media crowd. Even if with a limited audience and without boosting the posts – for obvious cost reasons – there are rewards and real utility in a Social Media page, cause or campaign well executed and properly marketed.
” What happens when a magician who does card tricks becomes a Stanford math professor? Persi Diaconis has used his intuition about card shuffling to help decode messages passed between inmates at a California state prison and to analyze Bose-Einstein condensation. He and his students and colleagues have successfully analyzed just about every type of shuffle people use in ordinary life, except one: “smooshing.” Now he is on a quest to solve it, which could help scientists better understand fluid mixing. ”