DailyDirt: Is It Really That Hard To Cut A Cake?

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Life is filled with small problems. Some more important than others. Mathematicians have attempted to solve some of these conundrums, and apparently one somewhat popular task is cutting things up. Here are just a few (useful?) examples of math applied to the task of cutting a cake. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: axiom of choice, banach-tarski paradox, cake, distribution problems, fairness, food, math, proofs


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    Scote, 27 Jun 2014 @ 5:06pm

    The cake cutting thing is BS.

    The cake cutting thing is BS. Think loaf of bread. How well would cutting it both ways down the middle keep a loaf fresh? Not at all. You are better off slicing off one end. Same goes for taking a single wedge of cake, which leaves only a *single* face open. Squishing the cake sides back is of dubious value and efficacy at best.

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