Can a Mathematician Devise a Perfect Bagel Slice?


Can one “perfect” something that is already perfect in its simplicity? That’s a question addressed by Dr. George W. Hart, a professor of computer science at Stony Brook University as well as a geometric sculptor. Hart recently published a video and blog post to his website entitled “Mathematically Correct Breakfast: How to Slice a Bagel into Two Linked Halves.”

Hart displays some impressive slicing skills, and purports to create a kind of “Mobius bagel” with the maximum amount of spreadable surface possible available for cream cheese.

But it’s worth noting that while the breakfast may be “mathematically correct,” it’s hard to imagine that this practice will become widespread. The increased complexity of the slicing complicates a pretty simple joy in life, not to mention the increased difficulty in toasting (and forget about using a pop-up toaster.

What do you think- is Dr. Hart on to something, or was bagel slicing already “correct”? Let us know in the comments below.


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