Mathematical gift wrapping

Posted to Miscellaneous  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

Mathematician Katie Steckles shows logical solutions to wrapping variously shaped presents.

I could’ve used this a few days ago. At some point in the wrapping process I wondered if it’d be better if I just haphazardly threw a bunch of paper scraps onto the gift and covered it in tape.

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