It turns out that you’ve been cutting every piece of cake you’ve ever had the wrong way, at least according to one math genius.
A YouTube video (below) shows London-based author and mathematician Alex Bellos demonstrating how to properly cut your cake using “scientific principles” to preserve its freshness for a longer period of time.
The method was first published in the scientific journal 'Nature' on Dec. 20, 1906, in the letters to the editor section by English mathematical scientist Francis Galton, the Daily Mail reports.
Instead of taking wedges out of cakes, the 100-year-old method involves cutting parallel lines across the middle of the cake, with the rectangular pieces then taken out and eaten. The remaining cake can simply be pushed together and secured with a rubber band, leaving none of the center open to air.
“[Galton] was the king of measurement, and he was very English. He loved tea and cake,” Bellos told ABC News. “He’s not a household name, but so many of the things he invented are things we take for granted in the modern world. In his old age he sent [scientific journal] ‘Nature’ this letter about the best way to cut a cake, and when I saw that, I thought, ‘That is absolutely wonderful.’”
Galton’s keen interest in cake led him to develop the new way of slicing a round, frosted confection.
“We instinctively see the circle as a wheel, which is a point going around another fixed point, but if we stop and try to see it in a completely different way, then that’s when you come up with this other solution,” Bellos said. “It’s also charming that it’s something so simple invented by someone who was so important scientifically.”
Bellos has successfully tried the method many times.
“It really works. It turns out that the strength of elastic bands is strong enough to keep it together, but not too strong that it makes too much of a mark or cuts through the icing,” he said. “Just be careful to make sure that you don’t get a bit of rubber band in your mouth.”
Bellos said the cutting method would apply to other pastries and breads as well.
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