7 reasons why Chicago has already discovered the optimum way to slice pizza
When the British took out their surveying tools to divvy up the Middle East, the world got the Middle East that we all love so much today.
Now they (or at least two British mathematicians) are working on the most equitable way to slice a pizza.
It is to laugh.
All the while they are running a knife in triangular shapes, Chicago have long known that the best way to cut a pizza is in a grid. Below is a piece of a New Scientist story about the UK antics. Below that are the seven reasons why slicing a pizza in a grid is superior.
As with many mathematical conundrums, the answer has arrived in stages – each looking at different possible cases of the problem. The easiest example to consider is when at least one cut passes plumb through the centre of the pizza. A quick sketch shows that the pieces then pair up on either side of the cut through the centre, and so can be divided evenly between the two diners, no matter how many cuts there are.
Reasons why pizzas are best cut in a grid fashion:
1. It saves the Earth. KIds hate crusts. They leave spitty, brown pizza frowns on the table. Give them interior squares and save resources and landfill space.
2. It’s more delicious. Grid-cut pizzas result in small, crispy morsels that are like nutritious baked chips, but with flavor.
3. Smart urban planning has led the way. Great cities are laid out in a grid, making them easy to navigate. Same with pizza.
4. It saves lives. If you take a triangular slice of pizza, you’re committed — or should be committed — to eating the whole thing. Large portions encourage overeating. Eat on a grid and cut your chances of obesity and heart disease.
5. It makes you more attractive. You can’t eat a triangular slice without looking like a gaping eating machine.
6. Did you read No. 5? Read it again.
7. It makes leftovers classy. Leftover squares can be laid cheese side to cheese side and eaten, neatly, as a sandwich.