MY AMERICAN SCIENTIST
LOG IN! REGISTER!
SEARCH
 
RSS
Logo IMG
HOME > My Amsci > Restricted Access

Mathematical Devices for Getting a Fair Share



Restricted Access The content you've requested is available without charge only to active Sigma Xi members and American Scientist subscribers.


If you are an active member or an individual subscriber, please log in now in order to access this article.

If you are not a member or individual subscriber, you can:



Abstract:

For ages the problem of fairly dividing resources—whether they be estates, territories or the spoils of war—has generally been resolved unilaterally, as in the case of Solomon and the baby. Recently, however, mathematicians have discovered elegant, practical and surprisingly simple resolutions to many fair-division problems. The author describes a number of different approaches to solving both ancient and recent "cake-cutting" problems and notes that the field remains ripe for innovation.


Subscribe to American Scientist