How to save time with science

Have a busy life? Deadlines punch you in the face? Cat needs another walk? What you need is a lesson in time management! All you have to do is follow the simple principle of the Pythagorean theorem and you will save hours on a daily basis. Say goodbye to all those expensive self-help books, and say hello to science.

For those of you who have blissfully forgotten the Pythagorean theorem, it goes like this:

Illustration of the Pythagorean theorem. The s...

Illustration of the Pythagorean theorem. The sum of two squares whose sides are the two legs (blue and red) is equal to the area of the square whose side is the hypotenuse (purple). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Ring any bells? No? That’s fine. I’m sure you had more important things to do during class. What matters is that this will help you save time and even energy. How? Well, first I need to explain the theorem. It’s used, among other things, to calculate the length of the hypotenuse of a triangle. As you may or may not recall, the hypotenuse is the sloped side of a triangle, C in the picture. Let’s take 5 for A and 10 for B. If you crunch in the numbers the result will be:


Now remember that this answer is squared, which means we need to take the square root of 125, which is roughly 11,18. So what does this mean? Well, if you count up A and B, you will get 15, which is bigger than C, being 11,18. Bigger, or longer if you were to walk the distance. So let’s move into the realm of reality and see how all this helps us save time.

Imagine you’re on your way to a friend or, for some strange reason, to school. You know you have to cross the street at some point to get to your destination. Normally you would walk along the lines of A and B. But what will you do with your newfound knowledge? Take the C-route! Just because we build streets and pavements in straight lines, doesn’t mean you have to walk in straight lines. Start walking diagonally, it will get you there faster and you get to rebel against conformity. Profit.


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