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OffbeatPhysicists Have Come Up With the 'Perfect Pizza Equation'

13:42  08 november  2018
13:42  08 november  2018 Source:   mentalfloss.com

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Turns out the secret to a perfect pizza is all about the thermodynamics of the wood-fired brick ovens used to crisp a pizza crust to golden perfection . The wood fire burns in one corner, radiating heat up the curved walls and stone floor of the oven to produce the perfect conditions for an evenly baked pie.

Physicists describe how to make a perfect pizza (and for real, we want in on that study) using thermodynamic principles relevant to So, they created an equation for the perfect pizza for you to try out at home. Traditional brick ovens have a wood fire that burns in one corner, allowing for heat to

Physicists Have Come Up With the 'Perfect Pizza Equation'© iStock.com/nickcurteman Physicists Have Come Up With the 'Perfect Pizza Equation' Three scientists have cracked the code for pizza perfection. As Live Science reports, a physicist and a food anthropologist in Rome teamed up with a physicist from Northern Illinois University (who also worked in the Italian capital) to figure out how to use an electric oven to bake pizza that’s as good as a wood-fired one.

Their paper, titled “The Physics of Baking Good Pizza,” was published on the pre-print platform arXiv [PDF]. A seasoned pizza-maker in Rome told the researchers that a brick oven was key to crafting a flawless pizza. It should be set at about 626°F (330°C), and the pie should be baked for just two minutes, the pizzaiolo said.

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Physicists and food historians teamed up to create the ultimate pizza equation . If you'd like to eat the world's most scientifically perfect pizza , you have two options: One, fly to Rome and order a Margherita pizza fresh from the brick oven; or, two, solve a long thermodynamic equation to simulate

The ' perfect pizza ' equation : Italian physicists reveal the maths behind making the ultimate Physicists developed a thermodynamic equation to make the best pizza at home The researchers wanted to bake pizzas modeled after those made in a brick oven A mathematician claims to have come up with the first-ever formula for the ' perfectly

That’s all well and good if you happen to have a wood-fired brick oven at home, but the researchers wanted to test whether the same results could be achieved in an electric oven with a steel surface. They approached the question from a thermodynamic point of view, using the principles of heat transfer, thermal radiation, and water evaporation—factoring in the thickness and temperature of the bottom of the pizza, as well as other characteristics—to come up with the perfect method of cooking a classic Margherita pizza. In case you’re curious, the equation they arrived at looks like this:

Physicists Have Come Up With the 'Perfect Pizza Equation'© Provided by The Week Publications The researchers' equation

Essentially, what this means is that similar conditions to a brick oven can be achieved in an electric oven by setting the temperature to 450°F (rounded up from 230°C) and leaving the pizza in there for 170 seconds. However, pizzas with toppings that have a higher water content (especially vegetables) should be left in the oven a little longer in order to take the process of evaporation into account.

The result is a perfectly fine pie, but as the researchers admit, “the dry heat and the smell of wood in traditional firebrick ovens remain the ideal way to bake the perfect pizza.”

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