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.
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.
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.
Absolutely incredible, show it so love on Kickstarter if you like the idea.
Don’t forget that maths is everywhere! Enjoy!