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Mathematics and food: a tasty binomium

  • Luca Paglieri
  • Alfio Quarteroni
Part of the MS&A book series (MS&A, volume 3)


The pleasure of eating, the art of cuisine, the science of nutrition, and the technology for food preparation, represent various facets of the most basic of human needs, that of finding every day the energy to supply to our body. Food processing has for a long time evolved from an artisanal activity to large industry, with a progressive involvement of multinational factories operating at a planetary level. Surprisingly as it may be, over the past few years, a tight bond has been consolidated between the food industry and mathematics, i.e., the science that has always been (erroneously!) considered as the farest from the primary human needs.


Cooking Time Bayesian Belief Network Bond Graph Tight Bond Lager Beer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luca Paglieri
    • 1
  • Alfio Quarteroni
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.MOX, Dipartimento di Matematica „F. Brioschi“Politecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly
  2. 2.CMCS-IACSEcole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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