Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Break

As I was listening to NPR this morning there was an interview with one of the women from A group of people made a giant fractal pecan pie....

introgiant fractal pecan pie
"for thanksgiving 2k4 we opted to construct a very large pie. based on a prototype the previous year we were aware of a fundamental limitation of large pies, namely the crust to filling ratio. for traditional circular pies of radius R, the amount of filling scales as R2 while the crust only scales linearly so as the pie grows larger, the flaky crust is completely dominated by the creamy filling. our solution was to construct a pie pan in the shape of a koch snowflake (whose perimter obeys completely different scaling laws), fill it with delicious pecan pie and bake in a custom backyard oven." For the rest of the story (and dare I say, step by step instructions) click here.

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