A Math-inspired Story
Transcript of the Bakery Story within Mathemalchemy
What’s cooking in the Bakery?
Baker Arnold has just filled a cookie sheet with pi-shaped cookies. He still has plenty of dough and more empty cookie sheets; when they are filled too, he’ll bake a big batch in the big oven, already nice and warm – you can see the coals glow through the furnace grill.
Tiling Cookies : more ideas
Arnold very much likes this cookie shape – it is designed so that it tiles the plane, so that after punching out the shapes and transferring them to a baking sheet, he has a lot fewer scraps to roll out again. His assistant Mo[u]se is telling him about other cookie shapes they have designed that have the same property.
A passion for Geometry and more
Both Arnold and Mo[u]se like geometry and mathematical shapes a lot – as you can tell from the decoration of their Bakery.
Yet, the rims of the bowls used by Arnold are decorated with an equation, not with geometric motifs – those bowls are a present to our Baker from a very famous cousin, fond of this equation.
After finishing the batch of pi-cookies, Arnold will bake a cake using the mold on the Bakery shelf; the shelf also holds the little marzipan train with spun-sugar smoke that will decorate it. The cake and the train will be an edible reconstruction of the painting on the wall!
Another delicacy for which the Bakery is famous are their mandelbrot cookies, biscotti-like confections with almonds mixed into the dough. Mandelbrots feature prominently in the sign of the Bakery, and are always on offer in the Bakery cart, just around the corner.