More Math and Vegetables
I picked the wrong pot while preparing potatoes, and found the pot a little full.
I had to slice up the potatoes into smaller chunks so that they could all fit in my pot. Predictably, my poorly planned pot of potatoes prompted me to ponder the packing problem.
In a simple form, the packing problem asks “What’s the best way to pack oranges in a rectangular box?” Should the oranges be in columns (sitting right on top of each other?), or should you try to fit oranges into the gaps created when you make an orange-square (more like a pyramid?).
The packing problem, despite its seemingly modest statement, leads to very complicated and deep ideas. My potatoes led to a very delicious side dish.