Creativity and Math in Cutting Pizzas “Perfectly”
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
The last time you had a Pizza Tower pizza, it’s unlikely that you worried too much about the shape of your slice. Unless, of course, you’re a mathematician concerned about perfectly portioned, identically sized pieces, that is.
Apparently, mathematicians Joel Hadley and Stephen Worsley took up the challenge of cutting a pizza into perfect portions and even offered a few different options for making everyone happy (crust vs. no crust folks):
For an all-crust loving crowd try the one on the left. For a divided crowd of crust-lovers and no-crust-lovers, the one on the right is your answer.
These guys have used monohedral disc tiling to slice up their theoretical pizzas. We’re not sure if there is a handy slicing tool in the works to make this method a reality, because achieving it with a rotary pizza slicer could be tough!
But they didn’t stop there. Using this same method, Hadley and Worsley offer ways to dice up your pie in any odd number of evenly-sized pieces:
Hardly practical, but definitely impressive if you can manage it!
Have we made you hungry after all this pizza talk? Well give us a call!