What a Mathematician needs in the Kitchen

You know I am a big fan of any Kickstarter project which involves mathematics, even a drop of it makes me excited. This is what the campaign Polygons | The Flat 4-in-1 Measuring Spoon is all about.  The official description is:

Polygons is the origami-like measuring spoon that lays flat and folds to 4 different sizes to fit your cooking and baking needs.

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First of all the name is quite mathematical: Polygons. Using the Wikipedia definition, “In elementary geometry, a polygon is a plane figure that is bounded by a finite chain of straight line segments closing in a loop to form a closed chain or circuit.”  Well, interesting name and I kind of see why they decided to name it this way, but we have to be careful because a polygon is just about 2D shapes, while our spoon is a 3D one. But if we think about how the etimology of the word “polygon” (it derives from the Greek adjective πολύς (polús) “much”, “many” and γωνία (gōnía) “corner” or “angle”), then I quite like the name because the spoon really does change it’s look and shape depending on what you need.

Secondly, the origami part fits it quite nicely and I quite like the idea that you could have something like this in your kitchen.

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The last thing, which kind of made me quite excited, is the fact that the shape is flat, not curvy. I know it is not about the shape, but the volume. I can think of quite some interesting maths problems on this. And I believe they had to do some interesting calculations to figure out how to make the shape so that it could hold the same volume as a normal spoon. What do you think about this? I would love to know your opinion in the comment box bellow. 

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Absolutely incredible, show it so love on Kickstarter if you like the idea.

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Don’t forget that maths is everywhere! Enjoy!

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