Isaac Newton is famous for some of the greatest scientific discoveries in the history of mankind: the theory of gravitation, inventing calculus, the laws of motion as written in ‘Principia Mathematica’ and demoting the Earth’s status from the centre of the universe to a simple planet in a defined elliptical orbit. But who would have thought that he, and many other classical scientific theories, could contribute to answering one of Britain’s most divisive questions: how to make the best cup of tea.
George Orwell wrote “the best manner of making tea is the subject of violent disputes”. Perhaps now we can use fundamental science to settle those disputes and perfect those 60 billion cups of tea made in Britain every year.
Those applying for Natural Sciences might want to consider why water boils faster at higher altitude and the topic of simple harmonic motion. The ‘Infinite Monkey Cage’ podcasts are available on the BBC Radio 4 website.