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Pasta Geometries

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on Tuesday, 24 January 2012
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Teachable Moment: At first glance, books like this may seem excessive and exaggerated attempts to tease math out of every day objects, but in an era of graphing calculators, math based 3D modeling tools like OpenScad, and vector based drawing tools, books like this provide a great, real world relevance to the underlying math behind complex shapes. It doesn't hurt that it beautifully put together.

An in-depth investigation of a beloved food, a celebration of the complexity of simple pleasures, and a delight for everyone who eats pasta.

Everyone loves pasta, but despite myriad cookbooks no one has ever seen the world’s favorite food presented like this. Created by a team of obsessive designers, this unique book reveals the hidden mathematical beauty that cooks across the globe have taken for granted since Marco Polo.

Pasta’s wonderful, sometimes whimsical, geometrical shapes and surfaces are designed to hold certain sauces or accompaniments, to be beautiful yet functional. Here are over ninety forms of pasta, each shown through especially commissioned photographs, mathematical formulae that accurately describe each shape, and drawings that reveal the hidden genius of our everyday food. Brief texts describe the special attributes of each form of pasta, along with advice on specific uses in cooking. 90 full-color photographs and 200 black-and-white illustrations.

References: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/01/10/science/20120110_pasta.html http://www.amazon.com/Pasta-Design-George-L-Legendre/dp/0500515808/

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