Whether you believe it or not, Maths are everywhere around us, even on our plate!

Solving a problem becomes easier when someone has been drinking a big amount of chocolate. That’s because chocolate consists of flavonols, which belong to the flavonoids. Flevonoids are antioxidant substances that are good for the human brain.

Bucarest sent us the text and Elefsina made the theorem out of waffers, did some research on the Internet, marvelled at the story. It was the suitable thing to do for a problem that has eaten up so many mathematicians! As you can see, our students developped quite an appetite for math books in the library!

And here is Google's Doodle on Fermat: (“

A Challenge: Make a fractal salad!

Fractals are one of the most famous terms in modern Mathematics. Basically, a fractal is a

And now, our first challenge: make a fractal salad, take a picture and upload it here!

You can find inspiration and hints about the

Enjoy the challenge and the salad!

See how you can turn a triangle, a snowflake or a carpet into a fractal!

And here is a fractal tree: Pythagora's tree.

**Easter cookies and the Gordian knot****Happy Easter**from the Pomegranate team!The Gordian knot, was an intricate knot used by Gordius to secure his oxcart.

An oracle informed the people that their king would arrive in a wagon. When Gordius arrived in Phrygia ’s central square in his oxcart, people declared him their king.

That’s why Gordius dedicated his oxcart to Zeus and tied it up with a peculiar knot…The Gordian knot. It had no beginning and no end!

Another prophecy stated that he who would untie the knot would become the ruler of Asia .

Many people tried to undo the knot but with no success, until Alexander the Great, with a stroke of his sword, managed the impossible!

The Pomegranate team makes their Easter "Gordian" cookies!

The Pomegranate team makes their Easter "Gordian" cookies!

**Maths and chocolate**Solving a problem becomes easier when someone has been drinking a big amount of chocolate. That’s because chocolate consists of flavonols, which belong to the flavonoids. Flevonoids are antioxidant substances that are good for the human brain.

Moreover, the consumption of chocolate helps someone to not get tired, mainly mentally. That’s what a new scientific research from Britain found out. They came to the conclusion that chocolate is beneficial for those that often get involved into mentally trying activities. Flavonols are part of the chemical substances, called polyphenols that increase the blood flow through the brain. Finally, the researchers said that we should consume flevonols on a regular basis ‘cause they also exist in fruits and vegetables’.

*Summarized from the Greek local press by Foteini*

*To understand this equation, visit our posts for Valentine's day!*

**Eating Fermat's last theorem!**

*A 350 years old enigma on the margin of a book*Pierre de Fermat was a 17

^{th}century lawyer and at the same time one of the world’s most important mathematicians. His contributions encompass a wide range of domains, from number theory, calculus, algebra, analytic geometry and optics. A few important theorems and conjectures bare his name, some of which have been a challenge to mathematicians for centuries.One of these is known as Fermat’s Last Theorem, actually a famous conjecture he first wrote in 1637 on the margin of a page of Arithmetica. He claimed having a complete proof, but being unable to reproduce it on such a small place. No successful proof was published until 1995 despite the efforts of many mathematicians. The unsolved problem stimulated the development of algebraic number theory in the 19th century and the proof of the modularity theorem in the 20th. It is among the most famous theorems in the history of mathematics and prior to its 1995 proof was in the Guinness Book of World Records for "most difficult math problem".

The theorem states that no three positive integers

*a*,*b*, and*c*can satisfy the equation*a*+^{n}*b*=^{n}*c*for any integer value of^{n}*n*greater than two. (For n=2 there are an infinite number of such triplets, namely the Pythagorean numbers, such as 3, 4, 5 or 5, 12, 13). Proofs have been found for particular numbers, but the general correct proof has only been given by Andrew Wiles in 1995. Thus, Wiles was the winner of the competition that had been launched one hundred years before and he collected the 50000$ prize.According to mathematical historian Howard Eves, "Fermat's Last Theorem has the peculiar distinction of being the mathematical problem for which the greatest number of incorrect proofs have been published."

^{}Bucarest sent us the text and Elefsina made the theorem out of waffers, did some research on the Internet, marvelled at the story. It was the suitable thing to do for a problem that has eaten up so many mathematicians! As you can see, our students developped quite an appetite for math books in the library!

And here is Google's Doodle on Fermat: (“

*I have discovered a truly marvelous proof of this theorem, which this doodle is too small to contain.*”)

A Challenge: Make a fractal salad!

Fractals are one of the most famous terms in modern Mathematics. Basically, a fractal is a

**geometric shape**that can be split into parts each of which is similar to the whole. The process can go on infinitely. This property is called**self-similarity**. Fractals are easily found in nature: think of a**snow-flake**, a**cauliflower**or a**fern leave**! But their applications are quite diverse, from science to art and music. You can find out more about them here or here.And now, our first challenge: make a fractal salad, take a picture and upload it here!

You can find inspiration and hints about the

**fractals in the kitchen**on this page!Enjoy the challenge and the salad!

See how you can turn a triangle, a snowflake or a carpet into a fractal!

And here is a fractal tree: Pythagora's tree.

I like the square root! I intend to try the biscuits recipe (and become hyperbolically fat!), and we will seriously think of the fractal salad. Dill is a fractal too, right? Hmmm...I wonder what other veggies we could use.

ReplyDeleteI will try to make the biscuits tomorrow morning. I think that they must be very tasty. Congratulations!

ReplyDeleteSotiria, Greece

It's nice to see our project become a family matter, a connection between both kids and their families, even so far away.

ReplyDeleteThank you, Sotiria!

We tried the Avila biscuits with pomegranate jam in Elefsina and they were good! Thank you for a fun and yummie recipe!

ReplyDeleteI loved the Pythagora fractal!Libelef

ReplyDeleteAbout your new way of seeing the ancient ruins- if you see them as cookies now, let's hope that by the end of the project we will see them as mathematical objects. :)

ReplyDeleteSorry for teasing you, I could not help it!

I like your video. It's one of the most interesting videos I've ever seen here

ReplyDeleteHi!I'm Armand.The recipe from Spanish looks tasty and I want this cookies!

ReplyDeleteIn my opinion this page shows the relationship between the mathematics and gastronomy.

ReplyDeleteRight, Alex, thanks for the comment. Could you please tell us what the two have in common, as far as you see here? :)

ReplyDeleteIn my opinion this infinity symbol is very cool.

ReplyDeleteThe Maths and the Gastronomy are both sciences which work with numbers: the Maths has ecuations with numbers and exercices and the Gastronomy has quantities of food with numbers. E.g. 500 l.

ReplyDeleteCorrect, thanks, Mihnea. It's a bit funny to call Gastronomy a science, but you are right, both need precision to get the correct result. :)

ReplyDeletePlease don't forget about the turtle riddle, you promised an answer!!!

I like Photo Cube because is interesting.

ReplyDeleteAll this photos are very cool, especially the photo cube one because those potatoes are looking like men hearts.

ReplyDeleteI like the photo with the cat who is in a jar because it is very cool.

ReplyDeleteThat piece that says "A Taste Of Maths is true?If so tell me know how to do it?

ReplyDeleteNo, Andra, it's not real toast! Sorry to disappoint you! :)

ReplyDeleteAfter an watching of this page, always makes me to want to eat something and therefore it's my favorite page of this blog.

ReplyDeleteThis is my fvaourite page of this blog because is more interesting and useful.

ReplyDeleteOh i'm doing Fermat exercises at the moment! I'm also eating a toast , so I thought my status fits perfectly to ATOM mood! :D

ReplyDeleteI was trying to find my blog, and stumbled across yours!

ReplyDeleteThis is hilarious! Fractal salad! That's great! Pair it with a drink from a klein bottle!

(you can actually drink out of this one..)

http://www.kleinbottle.com/drinking_mug_klein_bottle.htm