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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    Rekrul, 28 Jun 2014 @ 1:04am

    Cutting a cake manually is so hard! What we really need is a 'smart' knife that will go on the net and look up the best way to cut each cake, then monitor the depth of the cut and the pressure being exerted so that we can know we're doing it right. It also needs to interface with the smart refrigerator so that it can look up the perfect proportion of milk to go with each slice. Also, the cake needs to be sitting on a smart plate so that it can tell how much is left and order another from the store.

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