Physicist drinking beer

Physicist Reinhard RemfortPractical Physics: the shaken beer can

Physics sounds boring. It is damn important - also for our everyday life. For example: Does knocking the lid help a shaken beer can? Reinhard Remfort knows it - and thus brings us closer to physics.

During school days, physics is not infrequently one of the subjects we hate. You don't understand why physics should be important. And also not how it works.

It's quite different with Reinhard Remfort: He was interested in the subject at school. And that's exactly what he wants to bring to us, this enthusiasm for physics. For this he does Science Slam or the successful podcast "Methodically incorrect", together with the physicist Nicolas Wöhrl.

Take away the fear of physics

The two talk about science and current research. It has been for three years - and now around 60,000 people listen every two weeks.

Apparently, many want to understand physics and also physical phenomena better. Reinhard is happy to explain this using everyday examples: this also includes drinking beer.

The physicist can explain the phenomenon of shaken beer cans, for example. It's about the moment of inertia: Because beer cans that are shaken roll more slowly than those that are not shaken. But the carbonic acid balance also plays a role.

In the end, of course, the question arises: What do I do so that the beer doesn't hiss at me when I open the shaken can?

"Snap once around the beer can - from top to bottom - against the sides."

But Reinhard can also become a real nerd talker: Then he's about quantum computers, encryption technology and the NSA, the US foreign secret service. Or software development, because Reinhard is now doing that professionally.

"If your computer is slow at home, it's not because of the processor, which is too slow. It's because of the software that is programmed as shit."

Reinhard has now also put his physicist knowledge into a book: "Methodically correct drinking beer" is the title. It is about findings from physics that are embedded in the everyday life of a shared apartment. Much of it is real - namely from the life of his old flat share.

Reinhard's new roommate is called Hartmut - and is a little robot that accompanies Reinhard on trips:

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