The shape of an egg is fascinating, and scientists have just discovered a formula that can be used to calculate it. A team of mathematicians from the University of Kent, the Research Institute for Environment Treatment, and Vita-Market Ltd has discovered that the shapes of eggs from around the world conform to a single mathematical equation.
The egg’s exquisite shape is attractive to so many disciplines within the scientific community. In fact, eggs have long been held in high esteem for their ability to incubate new life and hatch out of an organism without causing harm. In other words, an egg has the right properties—critical for life development. Scientists for years have studied the complexities of the egg-shaped structure.
The formula for the measure of the elliptical egg shape is based on four parameters. The so-called “discovery of a universal equation governing the shape of the egg” has taken biology and technology a step closer to understanding and utilizing the iconic form. The egg shape can be used in nature to create complex structures with unique properties that are easy to replicate. We can now use this formula to guide research and development. The formula has applications in many industries. This suggests that people from many different disciplines should coordinate their efforts.
“Biological evolutionary processes such as egg formation must be investigated for mathematical description as a basis for research in evolutionary biology, as demonstrated with this formula. This universal formula can be applied across fundamental disciplines, especially the food and poultry industry, and will serve as an impetus for further investigations inspired by the egg as a research object,” declared Darren Griffin, who is Professor of Genetics at the University of Kent.
The study was published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences under the title “Egg and math: introducing a universal formula for egg shape.”