Spaghetti Solutions: the science of breaking spaghetti in 3 and 2 pieces
August 20, 2018 10:37 PM Subscribe
Danny Hillis recalled spending hours breaking spaghetti with Richard Feynman to figure out why dry spaghetti, when bent, usually broke into three pieces (see a high-speed recording; related r/Physics thread). Feynman and Hillis were stumped, and the phenomenon was finally explained in 2005. Recently, MIT scientists crack the case of breaking spaghetti in two: Controlling fracture cascades through twisting and quenching (PNAS; public abstract only).
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