The Bakery’s Story

A Math-inspired Story

Transcript of the Bakery Story within Mathemalchemy

What’s cooking in the Bakery?

Arnold the cat making Pi-shaped cookies and his assistant

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bolw with Schrödinger 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!

Little marzipan train with spun-sugar smoke
Painting of the train in the Bakery
Painting of the train on the wall of the Bakery
Mandelbrot cookies

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.

Sign of the Bakery featuring Mandelbrot cookies