Can we make an even “edgier” brownie pan? What about the “perfect” brownie pan?

Artifact This, my friends, is part math, part food, part art, all deliciousness: It's the all edge brownie pan, which I found from my new Favorite Website of All Time, Reasons to Go Broke. Here's the description from the Amazon page (perfect 5-star rating): "For corner brownie fans and chewy edge lovers, it's a dream … Continue reading Can we make an even “edgier” brownie pan? What about the “perfect” brownie pan?

How can we measure the egregiousness of gerrymandering? Geometry, Perimeter, and Area

Artifacts This NY Times article/interview conducted by FiveThirtyEight.com's Nate Silver and David Wasserman, House editor of the Cook Political Report. Particularly this snippet: And/or this slideshow from Slate showing the most gerrymandered congressional districts in the nation. Here's my favorite from Illinois: It's worth noting that by federal law, congressional districts have to be "contiguous." That means … Continue reading How can we measure the egregiousness of gerrymandering? Geometry, Perimeter, and Area

How do you slice this? ; Papa John’s heart-shaped pizza

Artifact This perplexing Valentine's Day themed pizza shape from Papa John's. In case you're wondering, I was not able to find an actual size of the pizza on their website. Only this: I was able to find this though: This begs a few more questions. Guiding Questions Does this give you more or less pizza … Continue reading How do you slice this? ; Papa John’s heart-shaped pizza

A single robot-made rainbow ; what does it mean?

Artifact This amazing video of a rainbow-painting robot. (h/t: Science Friday.) Guiding Questions How much paint did this guy need of each color? What's the radius of the rainbow? or, What's the length of the arm that moves in a semi-circle that paints the rainbow? Which color will run out soonest? And how much sooner? … Continue reading A single robot-made rainbow ; what does it mean?