So -1 divided by 0 = - infinity!
Imagining the boffins of Project SWORD laboratories pondering the geometry of a 'minus infinity' and similar mind-boggling problems facing the fleet's Commanders in a hostile universe, I recalled a friend mentioning that a very real and age-old Scientific debate is still raging.
It concerns Pitch. Specifically whether such substances as pitch are solid or liquid. Often tar based, the most well-known is Bitumen and an experiment was set up decades ago to answer one simple question: will it drip?
There are a number of so-called pitch drop experiments and the most famous in Australia eventually proved that a drop fell around every ten years. The ninth drop fell in 2014.
A similar experiment has been running in Dublin and they managed to film a drop falling. You can see it on the Nature website speeded up to help viewers watch:
A further old experiment has been discovered in Aberystwyth in Wales.
Such brain-frying phenomena as the ten year drip would have no doubt taxed Project SWORD brains to the max as they traversed the galaxy for new minerals and resources.
What other incredible nuggets of SWORD physics do you know readers?