Wacky scientists do it again….

Baubles miss out on Christmas tree dressing

…and this time, it’s the mathematical branch determining the formula to the calculate the most aesthetically pleasing Christmas tree.

A couple of students from the UK Sheffield University set upon the challenge of determining the ideal number of baubles, length of tinsel and lights necessary to decorate the picture perfect tree. The magical formulas are:

  • Number of Baubles = (Ā āˆš17 / 20 ) x h
  • Tinsel length = { (13 x pi) / 8 } x h
  • Length of lights = pi x h
  • Height of star/angel = h / 10

Where: h is the height of your tree in cm.

If you don’t believe me, check out the Uni site for full details, including a cool on line calculator.


7 Comments on “Wacky scientists do it again….”

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    Oh, my, too much work for me. I’ll just enjoy the pretty lights and ornaments. šŸ™‚

    • Marti says:

      But it’s so easy with the online calculator. Height of tree, click and there you go – the recipe especially tuned to the decorative needs of your tree. I was hoping some one would give it a go and let me know what they thought. We’re going on holidays over Christmas so we haven’t done the tree thing this year.

  2. I’m afraid I’d have to put them all on. Don’t want anyone to feel left out like this little guy. After all, he’s waited 12 months to be on the tree!!

    • Marti says:

      Yes, I see your point. Anyway, I can’t help but feel it takes away fom the creative joy of decirating, when you bring it all down to a formula. It feels like yet snother parameter to work within – boring!

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