TV shows make ordering pizza look so easy. A group of people order one or two pizzas which show up and everyone amicably, with huge grins on their faces, dive in. In reality, ordering pizza can be a nightmare.
While we were involved in revolving arguments about crust types and sizes and topping preferences, two Mathematicians from the University of Liverpool revolutionised the way our kids will be eating their takeaways.
Most of us settle for the straight down approach, cutting into 8 or 16 slices. But this doesn’t cater for those who hunger for more crust than others and the fussy eaters on a mission to avoid certain toppings.
According to New Scientist, Joel Haddley and Stephen Worsley have mastered the technique knows as ‘monohedral disc tiling’ to produce a slicing style with “no limits”. Take a look at the diagram below to see how pizza will be cut for generations to come.
“I have no idea whether there are any applications at all to our work outside of pizza-cutting”, says Haddley, with some enthusiasm. He insists that it’s a purely experimental model but it does make for some nice Instagrams.