A team of mathematicians from Liverpool University have set their minds to work defusing any potential conflicts over who can lay claim to the largest slice of a pizza.

Their effort builds on previous research in the field of exotic pizza slicing, which showed that a pizza could be sliced into six curved slices which could then be sliced in half to produce 12 identical slices, a seen in the first example below. The more recent approach is similar but involves producing an odd number of straight sides which could then be cut up into equal slices, as seen in the second example below.

This method could then be reproduced indefinitely, as seen in the final example below – increasing the number of sides and even adding notch embellishments in a process that will leave you with a cold pizza, pissed guests and a new war over who gets slices with crust.

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If you find yourself eternally irked by uneven pizza slice sizes, or continually bickering over who gets the biggest one, you need the pizza protractor.

The protractor features a guide to measure out either six or eight perfectly-proportioned slices as well as a cutting blade – all in a one-piece, easy to clean device.

The pizza protractor is currently available for pre-order, although a release date hasn’t yet been announced.

Product Page: (£12.99, or about $20)

venn diagram platter

What do veggies and pita chips have in common? This Venn Diagram Serving Platter has the answer. Dip.

Dip is the answer to all things.

This unique platter was designed by artist Thomas Both, and it features two stoneware plates that have been merged together to form a… well, you know. If you’re looking for a housewarming gift for a mathematician, then I think you’ve found it.

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Donuts are generally round with a hole in the middle unless they’re filled, but have you ever stopped to consider whether or not the hole is optimally sized? Mathematician Dr. Eugenia Cheng did, so she used calculus to figure out the right size for the hole. She first determined that a bigger hole increases the surface area creating a crisper donut.

She then went on to measure the “squidginess” and “crispiness” ratios of the donut to determine that a ratio of 3.5:1 which comes along with an 11 mm hole makes for perfection. Of course, your tastes may vary but I’ll buy into any science that uses a term like “squidginess” to prove its point.

(Daily Telegraph via Neatorama / Image: Jerry Huddleston)

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So, why does a big slice of pizza tend to droop unless you fold it into a curve? Well, there’s some math involved in all this pizza folding: the basic concept here deals with the 19th century principle of Gaussian curvature.

Wired’s Aatish Bhatia used the pizza question as a nice starting point to explain this unique aspect of geometry, and once you understand this principle, you’ll never look at pizza the same way again.

Well, it’ll still look delicious of course, but you get my point.

Check out what Aatish had to say after the break…

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Chocolate Mill

The Chocolate Mill is the brainchild of chocolatier Rafael Mutter, Dutch architect and furniture designer Gerrit Rietveld, and Studio Wieki Somers. 10 layers of cocoa-based confection were filled with flavored patterns, then shaved away incrementally with a crank-turned blade. It’s a display of food and artful science that can be appreciated by all.

A video of the Chocolate Mill in operation can be found after the break.

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If you’re like me, you probably cut your cake into slices of all sizes–the people I like get the big pieces, and the grumpy party-poopers get the tiny slivers. It’s only fair.

Anyway, there’s actually a proper, more scientific way to serve up cake. In this YouTube video by Numberphile, mathematician Alex Bellos shows us how to cut up a cake into proportional pieces that keep leftovers fresh.

So, yes, thanks to science, even the party-poopers get a decent slice. You’re welcome.

Check out the video after the break…

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Vi Hart, a quirky mathematician with a knack for doodling and a love for making entertaining vlogs, recently released a new video where she makes extremely precise, geometrically shaped cookies with her friends. Oh, and her friends, Andrea Hawksley and Gwen Fisher, happen to be math fanatics too. Vi Hart’s sister, Ruth of Sweets by Ruth, who’s also a hardcore baker, is along for the ride. Together the mathematically inclined ladies make some cool 3D cookies using icing and brain power.

Check out the video after the break…

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Slicing and dicing your veggies to prep for dinner is a boring task, but it’ll be a lot more fun with one of these cutting boards. Each is laser-etched with wonderfully nerdy stuff like pi, quotes from Marie Curie and Einstein and even the whole solar system.

See more cutting boards after the break…

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Oreos. The stuff that noms are made of. But how much Stuf is in the stuff Oreos are made with?

This is what Dan Anderson asked the students in his “Consumer Math” high school course. He asked them to determine whether the Oreo Cookies were, indeed, double and mega stuffed.

It seems the math might not add up the way Oreo may have hoped. Anderson said his class “weighed 10 of each – Double Stuf, Mega Stuf and regular, and we weighed five wafers alone to deduct from the total.”

What they found was that the Double Stuf Oreos were 1.86 times bigger and the Mega Oreos were 2.68 times bigger, according to the calculations. A spokeswoman for Nabisco reacted to the news thusly:

“While I’m not familiar with what was done in the classroom setting, I can confirm for you that our recipe for the Oreo Double Stuf Cookie has double the Stuf, or creme filling, when compared with our base, or original Oreo cookie,” the spokeswoman said.

Granted, they may have left cream on the wafer and maybe someone dipped their finger in the Stuf. Or maybe Nabisco is ripping us all off.

Maybe this is a job for the Mythbusters.

(via GMA)