The Scientific Way to Cut a Cake

When you cut a cake to create a slice like the one in the picture above, you’re actually performing a non-optimal cut. Why? If you don’t feed the remainder instantly, the inner surfaces of the remaining cake are exposed to the air, drying it out.

In a 1906 edition of the journalNature, a mathematician explained the optimal, scientific style to cut a cake to ensure it doesn’t dry out. As Numberphile explains in the video below, the mathematician proposed a series of straight cuts across the entire cake. With this method, the remaining uneaten pieces can be pushed together so that no surfaces are exposed to the air for a prolonged periodof time.

To understand how to cut your cakesthe scientific style, view the video below.

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