God is a baker

Tim Andersen, Ph.D.
Mar 30 · 8 min read
Photo by David Clode on Unsplash

Making dough is one of the most mathematical things you can do in the kitchen, far beyond measuring out ingredients. As you fold and compress dough you are carrying out topological deformations. The act of kneading constitutes an operation that has been canonized in chaos theory as the Baker’s Map, in which the mixing of a dynamical system arises from a map of that system onto itself and carried out many times over.