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What's the best equation? | Andrew Pontzen, Tom Whyn...

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Here on Head Squeeze we work with some very, very, clever scientists, mathematicians and engineers. The banter around the water cooler really is something to lol at. So we thought we'd give you a taste of the exciting discussions that go on behind the scenes...
This time, Drs Andrew Pontzen, Tom Whyntie and Hannah Fry are debating just what is the best equation?

In the particle physics corner, fighting for the LHC, is Dr Tom Whyntie arguing that the Standard Model Lagrangian equation is by far the best -- because it has the most terms.
A full list of those terms can be found here: http://cdn.theconversation.edu.au/files/2516/width440/sml_small.jpg

In the cosmologist's corner, backing Einstein, is Dr Andrew Pontzen who thinks that equations that explain one thing really well are the best. He's going for Einstein's Gravity equation.

Dr Hannah Fry, however, argues that the best equations are those that apply to many things. For example, the equation for thermodynamics is used in physics to show us that the universe will ultimately wind down to a cold, lifeless void, but also tells supermarkets how much money we'll spend on shopping!

What's your favourite equation? Let us know in the comments!

Andrew and Tom are often at logger heads over physics, watch them debate over how many dimensions there are: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jStudmvBkOY

Who did you think was the biggest geek or nerd in this video? Find out what the difference is with Hannah here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF4q_K6YsjE

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