My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: How to make Glow-in-the-Dark Chocolate Cake - British Mathematician Francis Galton Cake Cutting technique makes Cakes last Longer

Saturday, June 21, 2014

How to make Glow-in-the-Dark Chocolate Cake - British Mathematician Francis Galton Cake Cutting technique makes Cakes last Longer

“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. It’s also charming that it’s something so simple invented by someone who was so important scientifically.”

Mathematician Alex Bellos, author of The Grapes of Math, explaining how to cut a cake and preserve its freshness for longer

As the title to the article suggests, that’s what my article is about. If you’ve made a cake during the World Cup season, possibly in preparation for Emancipation and Independence Day celebrations on Friday August 1st 2014 and Wednesday August 6th 2014, then this bit of news should be of interest to you! Or maybe America’s Independence Day on Friday July 4th 2014 is more your thing?

Either way, this cake-slicing tip will come in handy along with my tips on how to make glow-in-the-dark Chocolate Syrup and glow-in-the-dark Chocolate Ice Cream as detailed in my blog article entitled “How to make Glow-In-The Dark Ice Cream from Scratch - US$25.95 Zoku Ice Cream Bowl makes Avatar The Last Airbender Frozen Novelties”.

There is indeed a more efficient way to slice and eat your cake, mathematically speaking according to Mathematician Alex Bellos and author of the book The Grapes of Math as described in the article “A Scientifically Smarter Way to Cut Cake”, published June 18, 2014 By STEFANIE TUDER, ABC News and “Math has spoken: You're cutting a cake all wrong”, published June 18, 2014 1:28 PM PDT by Chris Matyszczyk, CNET News.

According to Mathematician Dr. Alex Bellos, fellow British Mathematician Francis Galton, the discoverer of fingerprints and maker of the first weather map, wanted to kick the bucket in fine English Style, quote: “[Galton] was the king of measurement, and he was very English. He loved tea and cake. 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.’”

His technique was submitted by him as a research paper to the Journal of Nature a little over 100 years ago but Dr. Alex Bellos has rediscovered this technique and thus has brought it to light. Based on this British author, the trick is as follows:

1.      Slice the cake all the way across the middle
2.      Cut out a strip and slide out a slice using a butter knife
3.      Push the remaining cake together
4.      Place a rubber band all the way around the cake, sealing the cut with frosting

While you might think this strange, it’s mathematically correct, as this cake-cutting method was actually based on a recently unearthed mathematics paper that was submitted by Victorian scientist Francis Galton.

On examination, it clearly makes sense. At no point is the inner softness of the cake exposed to the air, thus making it less likely to go bad. The video below brings that to light!

And here was I thinking that you just had to sprinkle some White Rum on the cake or just store it in an airtight container, preferably Vacuum sealed as described in my blog article entitled “IndieGogo funded Vacuvita makes Vacuum Sealing Food Easy - How We Can’t Stop, Miley Cyrus Style Eating Organic Food as it last longer”.

Here's hoping you remember this technique for Christmas 2014 as well while you're opening your Tablet presents as predicted in my blog article entitled “IDC and NPD Group record Tablet Decline and Phablet Rise - “White Box” Chinese Tablets and Wearable Computing in First Quarter of 2014 making Tablets obsolete in the Year of the Sheep”.

Good to note here if you have plans to bake cakes, you can use the Glow-in-the-Dark Chocolate Syrup as described in my blog article entitled “How to make Chocolate Syrup that Glows-in-the-Dark, the ultimate Ice Cream Party Treat” to make Glow-in-the-Dark Chocolate Cake”!

Happy Emancipation, Independence Day, be it American of Jamaican, when it comes!

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