Friday, December 19, 2008

The Sausage Conjecture

That could be the title for any number of posts. But this one is about the mathematical efficiencies involved with packaging shapes. Here is a strange, enjoyable Christmas-themed article on that concept. It's a scientific guide to gift wrapping if you have enormous numbers of spheres or circles that must be wrapped together. Yep, the sausage conjecture. It has nothing to do with this.

(image credit: newscientist.com)