The Mathematics of Taffy Pullers

The Mathematics of Taffy Pullers The Mathematics of Taffy Pullers JEAN-LUC THIFFEAULT affy is a type of candy made by first heating sugar to a concentric circles. This is not a ‘‘true’’ taffy puller: a piece of critical temperature, letting the mixture cool on a taffy wrapped around the rods will not grow exponentially. T slab, then repeatedly ‘‘pulling’’—stretching and fold- Firchau’s device would have been terrible at pulling taffy, ing—the resulting mass. The purpose of pulling is to get air but it was likely never built. bubbles into the taffy, which gives it a nicer texture. Many In 1900, Herbert M. Dickinson invented the first non- devices have been built to assist pulling, and they all consist trivial taffy puller, and described it in the trade journal The of a collection of fixed and moving rods, or pins. Figure 1 Confectioner. His machine involved a fixed rod and two shows the action of such a taffy puller from an old patent. rods that move back-and-forth. The moving rods are ‘‘trip- Observe that the taffy (pictured as a dark mass) is stretched ped’’ to exchange position when they reach the limit of their and folded on itself repeatedly. As the rods move, the taffy http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Mathematical Intelligencer Springer Journals

The Mathematics of Taffy Pullers

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Springer US
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Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Mathematics; Mathematics, general; Theoretical, Mathematical and Computational Physics; Mathematical Methods in Physics; Numerical and Computational Physics, Simulation; Mathematical and Computational Engineering
ISSN
0343-6993
eISSN
1866-7414
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00283-018-9788-4
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Abstract

The Mathematics of Taffy Pullers JEAN-LUC THIFFEAULT affy is a type of candy made by first heating sugar to a concentric circles. This is not a ‘‘true’’ taffy puller: a piece of critical temperature, letting the mixture cool on a taffy wrapped around the rods will not grow exponentially. T slab, then repeatedly ‘‘pulling’’—stretching and fold- Firchau’s device would have been terrible at pulling taffy, ing—the resulting mass. The purpose of pulling is to get air but it was likely never built. bubbles into the taffy, which gives it a nicer texture. Many In 1900, Herbert M. Dickinson invented the first non- devices have been built to assist pulling, and they all consist trivial taffy puller, and described it in the trade journal The of a collection of fixed and moving rods, or pins. Figure 1 Confectioner. His machine involved a fixed rod and two shows the action of such a taffy puller from an old patent. rods that move back-and-forth. The moving rods are ‘‘trip- Observe that the taffy (pictured as a dark mass) is stretched ped’’ to exchange position when they reach the limit of their and folded on itself repeatedly. As the rods move, the taffy

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The Mathematical IntelligencerSpringer Journals

Published: Feb 26, 2018

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