Abstract: I knew from the time I was a very young child that I wanted to be an astronomer. The dream lasted until I got to college, where I learned to my dismay that I actually had no passion for doing what an astronomer does; what I really wanted is to know what an astronomer knows. This is the story of how it all worked out.
The beauty of our universe is that it can be described by elegant mathematical formulas and patterns. That beauty, it seems, extends to stir-fried rice. David Hu and his team tracked the movements of the chef when stirring the rice. They called these oscillations. Based on those oscillations, they created a mathematical model that would, theoretically, make the perfect stir-fried rice. And a robot chef to program it into may not be far away. Now, who's hungry?