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The ‘Ham Sandwich Theorem’ Will Change How You See the Universe… Seriously

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Channel: Seeker
Categories: Astronomy   |   Physics   |   Science  
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Ham sandwiches are delicious, but they’re also pretty useful when it comes to understanding the universe.

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The Ham Sandwich Theorem Is a Delicious and Puzzling Mathematical Principle
“So if you're ever floating out in space with a friend who's really particular about splitting food equally, you know for certain that you can cut your ham sandwich to fairly share it with them.”

A stronger conclusion to the classical ham sandwich theorem
“The conclusion of the classical ham sandwich theorem for bounded Borel sets may be strengthened, without additional hypotheses–there always exists a common bisecting hyperplane that touches each of the sets, that is, that intersects the closure of each set.”

Mathematicians on Ham Sandwiches
“The Ham Sandwich Theorem has been a treat and a spur to mathematicians for more than half a century. It first cropped up in a branch of mathematics called algebraic topology.”


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