The New York Times has a short piece on Sander Huisman, a graduate student in physics at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, who decided to plot pasta shapes on his favorite software, Mathematica (I prefer Matlab myself, though I’ve used Mathematica in college and grad school).
Mr. Huisman figured out the five lines or so of Mathematica computer code that would generate the shape of the pasta he had been eating — gemelli, a helixlike twist — and a dozen others. “Most shapes are very easy to create indeed,” he said.
Here is a rendering of one of the pasta shapes he posted to his blog:
You can see the other Mathematica renderings in Sander’s blog post. Fun and tasty!
(via Gourmet Pigs)