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Taste of Math: An Event Showcasing the Flavor of Math

Taste of Math took the community on a culinary mathematical journey.

By Dr. Hari Pulapaka January 3, 2017

I am a Mathematician. I am also a professional chef. On Friday, November 4, 2016, I had the privilege of showcasing the intrinsic connection between mathematics and food.

The inaugural Taste of Math at the OC Fair & Event Center (Costa Mesa, CA) showcased a dazzling array of delicious mathematics and precise cooking. While doing so, the event helped plant the seed for what will undoubtedly evolve into a defining movement that revolutionizes mathematics education in the United States.

I am often asked about my ability to juggle the left and right sides of my brain. To quote Neil DeGrasse Tyson, “I have a brain” and I used all of it to creatively and precisely prepare two dishes which offered over 400 guests a sense of what a paradox might taste like.

The Taste of Math challenged all the attendees to be more inclusive in our mathematics and science education strategies so that children all across the United States can realize their full potential; all the while reminding us that food is a powerful equalizer.


Taste of Math raised financial support for MIND Research Institute's annual Math Fair, a free event for children and families to experience math in fun and new ways. Learn more about Taste of Math and Math Fair.

Dr. Hari Pulapaka is the multiple James Beard Foundation recognized chef of Cress Restaurant and a tenured Associate Professor of Mathematics at Stetson University in DeLand, FL.

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