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A Most Delicious Law

equation.jpgWe added a page of basic laws of physics to The World Almanac in 2007 (p. 277)...for the first time ever, I believe, though you might have to ask Rich Gruber to be certain. Newton's laws of motion? Check. Law of gravity? Affirmative. Law of electric power? Yes, sir.

Sadly, however, we went to press too early to capture this equation, the direct result of more than 1,000 hours of testing some 700 different experimental subjects:

N = C + {fb(cm) . fb(tc)} + fb(Ts) + fc . ta

Does this represent some exotic quantum-mechanical discovery? A revolutionary new find about the role of dark matter in the universe?

Naaah. Hit the jump for the key to the equation.

N = force in Newtons required to break the cooked bacon.
fb = function of the bacon type.
fc = function of the condiment/filling effect.
Ts = serving temperature.
tc = cooking time.
ta = time or duration of application of condiment/filling.
cm = cooking method.
C = Newtons required to break uncooked bacon.

Yup. That equation describes the perfect bacon sandwich, according to British researchers:

Dr Graham Clayton, who led the research team, said: "We often think that it's the taste and smell of bacon that consumers find most attractive.
"But our research proves that texture and sound is just, if not more, important."
Link: A beautiful bacon buttie (The Sun Online)


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