Wednesday, September 26, 2012
In the usual after lecture scrum, a student came up and showed me her work on one of the more complex problems and suggested there might be another error. Given my track record for the night, I looked carefully at her work. Whew.
"No, no, I'm quite sure I'm right on that one," I tell her, "I know that you get roughly a pound of water for each pound of camel fat you metabolize, so burning a kilogram of fat should yield a bit more than a liter of water for the camel, not 100 ml."
There is a sudden silence. Did their professor really say that she keeps that kind of data on camel fat in her brain?
Everything I know about camel fat I learned here: F. D. Gunstone & R.P. Paton, Biochem J. 1953 July; 54(4): 617–621.