**Searching for the perfect equation**

You can discuss obesity and weight loss without using math...in the same way you can discuss Astronomy without using math. While there may be a way to present a conjecture in either field using just logic and pure reason, math becomes necessary as the questions tackle more complex and defined aspects of the science. The mathematical regulation of body weight is easy understand and comes directly from a simple energy balance equation with “R” equaling the amount of weight gain or loss, based on calories in, “I”, minus calories expended, “E.”

The Road Not Taken

By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

The solvability of polynomials was a question that intrigued
mathematicians for centuries after a formula was found for both cubic and
quartic polynomials in the early 16^{th} century. It seemed only a matter of time, will, and
cleverness to find a formula for quintic polynomials. The answer Galois provided us three centuries
later was: no - there are no general formulas for 5^{th} and higher
order polynomials.

This was pre-Oprah, if such a thing can be imagined, so it seems that the public mostly missed this article as well. It appeared in the February issue of Metabolism and was titled "Diminished Energy Requirements in Reduced-Obese Patients."

*same*paper-like form could be used for a web site with all its menus and an eBook with all the chapters. In this blog, I will go over the technology stack I use to present the same simple text on a web site and an eBook. This works for a static web site (things are added only once in a while). One needs to be comfortable with open source software, and tweaking other people's code a little.

**HTML, CSS, and Javascript**

The picture of a central positively charged nucleus of an atom surrounded by negatively charged swarming electrons explains so much detail in the nature of our world. This is known as the atomic model. The behavior of gas, liquids and solids are almost completely explained with just that model (after including quantum effects). Basic things like weather, water behavior, rock mechanics and fire to name but a small few.

Let us start with nothing. A naive human has come to stay in your home. Perhaps it's a Tarzan type of character, just arrived from the wild, or, if you like a modern twist, it's a government agent who has been hit over the head and can't even remember his name. In any case, this naive human will, within a few hours of arrival, make his way to your kitchen and begin poking around, because he's hungry.