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How To Slice A Pizza Using Math

Jan 14, 2016 06:34 AM EST

Even Math Has A Solution For Slicing A Pizza
(Photo : Getty Image) Mathematicians from the University of Liverpool introduce "monohedral disc tiling" as a mathematical way to slice a pizza.

Pizzas are usually cut into triangles or small squares and sometimes considered as a reward for a long, tiring day. However, mathematicians from UK see it more as a pie equation that needs a solution, thus ditching the conventional slicing technique and introducing a whole new way to cut it into pieces.

Mathematicians have recently come up with a formula for slicing pizza. Theoretically known as the monohedral disc tiling, the current theory reveals the possibility of slicing a pizza into six curved slices (otherwise called shields), and when these are further reduced to half, it can still produce 12 similar slices.

This new concept basically shows a more complicated way of slicing a pizza, but promises to obtain equal shares for everyone. Six of the 12 slices create a star that stretches from the center while dividing the rest of the pieces in the crust. First, you begin by slicing three-sided pieces through the pizza, and then dividing them further into two to get the inner and outer groups.

However, University of Liverpool researchers Joel Haddley and Stephen Worsley went beyond the three-sided slices showing how pies can also be sliced into more pieces with any number of odd sides. "I've no idea whether there are any applications at all to our work outside of pizza-cutting," Hadlley said. "Mathematically there is no limit whatsoever."

Pizza lovers over the Internet took to social media to express their thoughts of the recent complexity Haddley and Worley introduced. Good Morning America (@GMA) on its Twitter account posted "Okay... let's settle this... do you agree with this scientific pizza cutting ideas or is it totally ridiculous?"

Aside from the all new mathematically based pizza-cutting technique they offer, it is also Instagram worthy, too! Haddley says you can take good photos out of the oddly shaped slices.

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