How to Cut a Cake Using Scientific Principles in Order to Best Maintain Freshness

Math writer Alex Bellos demonstrates a more scientific alternative to cake cutting which better maintains the moistness of the innards in the latest episode of the Mathematical Science Research Institute series Numberphile. The method dates back to a 1906 letter to Nature by renowned British scientist Francis Galton, entitled “Cutting a Round Cake on Scientific Principles”, detailing a method that involves removing thin slices from the cake’s center. Galton also suggested employing a rubber band to help keep the segments together.

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