A Fair Slice: New method makes for equitable eating

By Julie Rehmeyer, 15:56 PM April 15, 2008

Sometimes, a birthday celebration goes awry when a pair of partygoers squabble over the cake, both preferring the slice with the cherry or with the thickest icing. That sort of spat caught the attention of mathematicians, inspiring a new idea for making divisions fairly.

The problem hinges on the definition of fair. Steven Brams of New York University and his colleagues propose that a division is fair if, after it's made, each person's assessment of the value of his or her piece is the same. ...

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