If you have nothing better to think about today, how about trying to solve this old scientific puzzle?
“Why does hot water freeze faster than cold water?”
There is a £1000 pound prize for the best answer:
It seems a simple enough question – yet it has baffled natural philosphers for at least 2,300 years.
- Aristotle agonized over it fruitlessly in the fourth century BC
- Descartes was defeated by it in the 17th century AD
- Even perplexed 20th and 21st century scientists and intellectuals have swarmed over it without result
Now the Royal Society of Chemistry is offering £1000 to the person or team producing the best and most creative explanation of the phenomenon, known today as The Mpemba Effect.