who would have thought that drawing a straight line could be so hard?

This made me set my coffee cup aside:

Even though mathematicians have spent over 2,000 years dissecting the structure of the five Platonic solids — the tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, icosahedron and dodecahedron — there’s still a lot we don’t know about them. Now, a trio of mathematicians has resolved one of the most basic questions about the dodecahedron.

Not is it just amazing that we hadn’t figured out yet how to solve this case, this article makes me actually understand what the mathematicians did!

And what’s best: They had fun while solving the problem:

The analysis was “one of the most fun projects I’ve gotten to work on in my whole career,” Athreya said. “It’s important to keep playing with things.”

The new result shows that even objects that have been studied for thousands of years can still hold secrets, Eskin said. “I think even for [the three mathematicians], it was very, very surprising to say something new about the dodecahedron.”

Quanta Magazine

smarter every day

One of your favorite YouTube channels is Destin‘s „Smarter Every Day“. That’s the place where science meets phantom slo-mo cameras to answer everyday questions and uncover that physics run the world. The host, Destin, is a former developer of weapons and the archetype of a nerd in the YouTube era: smart, witty and equipped with a contagious childlike curiosity.

His most recent video, Episode 242 – World‘s Fastet Pitch, Supersonic Baseball Canon, is a must see for you, my dear readers. Please sit back and enjoy 20 min of physics, joy and mindblown-ness:

Why post this in a business blog? Because I urge you to watch it to the very end. Starting at the 20:20 min mark, the host reaches out to the viewers and asks for (financial) support, in a way that is genuine, authentic and straight from the bottom of the heart.

If you‘re out there, growing your business, you will inevitably be confronted with a similar situation and you‘ll need to raise finance. The stakes seems high and the pressure to raise money is even higher. The lesson you should take home from this video, is that whole-heartedness and authenticity will pave your way. It’s okay to be shy – but be genuine.

Wir schaffen das

It was 2015 when Angela Merkel proclaimed:

“I put it simply, Germany is a strong country, […] the motive with which we approach these matters must be: we have already managed so much, we’ll manage this.” 

This piece by Philip Oltermann, writing for The Guardian, covers the situation of refugees in Germany with an interesting twist, as it’s channeled through the lenses of the British press.

I’m happy and proud over the fact that we managed well. But I’m furious that populists from the far right are gaining ground and undermining the democratic principles and discarding the bare basics of good citizenship.

The Single Most Important Thinking Skill Nobody Taught You

We have been coming across many people and companies (essentially, companies are made of people) with a fixed mindset. This may prove well in a world, where nothing happens. But come Covid-19 and shutdown, these people failed to adapt.

Elastic thinking is about stretching your mind and using ‘bottom up’ processing in the brain rather than the top down executive functions that drive analytical thinking. It encompasses a range of processes including, but not confined to, neophilia (an enthusiasm for novelty), schizotypy, imagination, idea generation and divergent thinking,” explains Dhruti Shah of BBC Capital.

Elastic thinking, in combination with rational or logical thought, and creative thinking will make you indispensable.

Staying in your fixed-mindset will bring you nowhere from today on. Recruiters must have an elastic mindset to hire the greatest talent (think out of the box). Companies must adapt their strategies. We, as a society, must keep a fluid mindset in order to progress.

Think of water: it always finds a way because its fluid.

via The Single Most Important Thinking Skill Nobody Taught You

Kinstugi Everything

At Alpha Works, we’re avid fans of the Japanese culture. From food, to coffee, to lifestyle and cultural heritage. So it comes to no surprise that we’re blown away by the Kintsugi Basketball Court by Artist Victor Solomon.

I’ve been thinking about the parallels between sport as a uniting platform to inspire healing and my ongoing experiments with the technique of Kintsugi that embellishes an objects repair with gold to celebrate it’s healing as formative part of the journey. –Source: Hypebeast

Wish to see more of this in the world…