The History of Cake Cutting
September 28, 2009
Bailey Hall 201
Refreshments will be served at 4 pm in Bailey 204
Mathematical investigations of fair division have often been phrased in terms of the cake-cutting metaphor: How can a collection of people divide something (a cake?) among themselves so that each is satisfied (in some sense) with what he or she receives? The starting point for these investigations is the old divide-and-choose method of fair division, wherein one person does the dividing and the other person then chooses which piece he or she wants. In this talk, we will survey many of the main results achieved in the last 65 years, and we will state a couple of open questions.
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