MathFood

Who doesn’t love food? And math? Or math and food? Randomly looking on internet I have found some incredible images that combine food with mathematics. During the months I have collected some great images (check Delicious Math) and I wanted to talk a little about some of my favorite ones ^_^

1. Fractal Pancakes: well, who doesn’t like fractals? or pancakes? When it comes to fractals, there is some disagreement amongst authorities about how the concept of a fractal should be formally defined. Mandelbrot himself summarized it as “beautiful, damn hard, increasingly useful. That’s fractals.” The general consensus is that theoretical fractals are infinitely self-similar, iterated, and detailed mathematical constructs having fractal dimensions, of which many examples have been formulated and studied in great depth. The image presents some well known fractals:

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And if you really want to know more about pancake recipes, you know Google is the best ^_^ (example) If you want to be my hero you could try some fruit pancakes, though I believe some of the fractals won’t look as nicer with strawberry chunks or blueberries.

2. Crisps: don’t be surprised, I am not talking about how healthy Pringles are obviously, I am not even a big fan of them, but their shape… Oh my God! It is divine! More interestingly, the distinctive shape of Pringles crisps allows them to be stacked in sturdy tubular containers, fulfilling a design goal that they break less easily than other types of crisp:

10436200_838940919468313_8644049211580915753_nFor the physicists out there, paraboloidal mirrors are frequently used to bring parallel light to a point focus, e.g. in astronomical telescopes, or to collimate light that has originated from a source at the focus into a parallel beam, e.g. in a searchlight.

3. Cone cakes: ok, so maybe you will say that there are quite many types of cone cakes (the shape looks quite interesting on any plate, especially when it is nicely decorated), but this image is special. It presents all the conic sections and I believe this is such a great way to present and describe them. I mean, let us face it, we would understand them better if the teacher would come with some cakes for practical purposes:

10426584_840594955969576_3314412952479192514_n Conics are of three types: parabolas, ellipses, including circles, and hyperbolas.

4. Tangramwich: yes, that is a strange name, but how would you name a tangram sandwich?

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For those of you that don’t really know what this is about: the tangram is a dissection puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, which are put together to form shapes. The objective of the puzzle is to form a specific shape (given only an outline or silhouette) using all seven pieces, which may not overlap. It is reputed to have been invented in China during the Song Dynasty and then carried over to Europe by trading ships in the early 19th century.

Hope I made you hungry for more (mathematics, obviously)! I had so much fun writing this post, so let me know if you like it. Have a great day, enjoy the week and have fun.

Thank you for your help and support. Thank you for reading. You can find me on FacebookTumblr, Google+,  TwitterInstagram and Lettrs, I will try to post there as often as possible. Don’t forget that maths is everywhere! Enjoy! 

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