The Math And Science Of Latkes

December 16, 2014 2:59 AM

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Tomorrow evening marks the start of Hanukkah, the Jewish "Festival of Lights" and an eight-day-long excuse to eat fried potato pancakes known as latkes.

This holiday season also marks the return of the Latke-Hamentash Debates, a tradition that began at the University of Chicago in 1946, but has since spread to other academic institutions. The debates feature regalia-clad academics marshaling all the rigor of their disciplines in support of one holid...

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