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Equal isn't necessarily fair with new scientific way to cut pizza

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The work builds on previous research that showed that it was possible to cut a pizza into six curved slices. (iStock)

If you’re righteous to a fault about getting your fair share of pizza –that is if you have to share a pie -- we have good news for you—sort of.

Mathematicians Joel Haddley and Stephen Worsley at the University of Liverpool in London devised a way to slice and dice a pizza into almost endless identical slices with a method called monohedral disc telling, reports the New Scientist. 

The work builds on previous research that showed it was possible to cut a pie in 12 equal slices by cutting six pieces into a curvy star-shape from the center, and then halving each of those pieces, like so.

 

The new way starts with the cutting technique above, but this time are instead made up of an odd number of straight sides. Each of those can then be cut up into equal slices, creating almost limitless equal pieces. 

While the slices may be the same size, this means some pieces will have some crust, while some pieces won’t have any. 

As Mashable points out, equal isn’t necessarily fair.   The above diagram shows how this discrepancy gets even worse if you need more pizza slices.

Sometimes the power of geometry should stay out of the kitchen.