## On how mathematics can improve your pizza experience

###### September 5th, 2022

Read through! This is not a boring lecture. On the contrary, it may be the most valuable

application of algebra and geometry ever to exist. Mathematics is supposed to help us

understand the world and solve problems. And for you and us, the world revolves

around pizza. After reading this enlightening article, you will be the wisest person

among your friends and relatives. People will entrust you with the responsibility of

placing every order with your pizza delivery Detroit. You will become a pizza deity, and

the original house of pizza menu will have a pie named after you. What a way to

transcend into the history of humankind! Grab your calculator and keep reading.

Math for ordering pizza

The first problem to solve comes at the time of ordering: how many pizzas should we

get? The answer is in the pi within the pie. When your teacher told you that the area of

a circumference is found by squaring the radius and multiplying it by pi, you may have

wondered what use that could have in your life. Today, we are giving meaning to your

entire school time: this very formula helps you stand for the fact that you should always

go large. Math tells us that a large pizza contains four times as much pie as a single

medium one. This is twice as much as two mediums. Since a large never costs twice as

much, it is definitely the most cost effective choice.

Math also tells us that we would need four New York style pizzas to match a Chicago

deep dish pizza of the same diameter to have the same amount of food. You can pile up

the thin pizzas to get an equal volume than the thick one. But if a large New York style

pizza is twice as wide as a small Chicago pie, then they would both be the same

quantity.

Math for cutting pizza

One of the most favorite theorems in math, possibly because it involves this popular

dish, is called the Pizza Theorem. This theorem arose from the need to maximize the

number of cut slices, a problem as relevant in math as it is in life. It is named after pizza

because it mimics its traditional slicing technique. Its basic principle states that if a

circular pizza is divided into multiple slices by making cuts at equal angles from an

arbitrary point, the sums of the areas of alternate slices are equal. This means that if

two people share a pizza sliced in this way by taking alternating slices, they both will get

an equal amount of pizza. Next time, you could try cutting your pizza like this and see

what happens:

The theorem shows that the sum of the white slices equals the sum of the gray ones.

Furthermore, if the pizza has one or more toppings, each covering a circular region

even if it is not concentric, and each cut crosses every region, then every person will

receive equal shares of toppings and crust.

Math for eating pizza

We do not wish to start an argument regarding a proper way of eating pizza. But if you

are one of those who use cutlery, it may be because you are not familiar with Carl

Friedrich Gauss's Theorema Egregium. This theorem, which translates from the Latin

meaning ‘remarkable theorem’, solves the problem of floppy slices dangling limply from

your hand because of the excess of toppings. The Gaussian curvature is a very abstract

concept which applies to very common things. For example, it links to the impossibility

of accurately depicting a world map on paper because of a distortion that occurs when

flattening a sphere. In the same way, flat things always retain a trace of their original

flatness when you try to give them volume, like a sheet of paper which is unavoidably

crinkled when you wrap a round object.

A pizza slice on a plate is flat. In order to eat it without the toppings falling off, you must

keep one direction of the slice in its original flat state. Fold the pizza slice sideways,

forcing it to become stiff in the direction that points towards your mouth. This natural

curvature is also found in the pizza box. The wrinkles in corrugated cardboard, apart

from providing aeration, keep the material thin and lightweight yet stiff enough to resist

bending.

Now that you have been educated in the most essential aspects of mathematics, visit

Paul’s Pizza or order our pizza delivery Detroit to put these theories into practice.