While trying to advance their understanding of tiny motors, researchers at the Micro/Nanophysics Research Laboratory of Monash University cracked the physics behind pizza-tossing. Researcher James Friend tells PhysOrg.com:
The dough spins just like the rotor spins because the chef tosses the rotor just like the motor does; the differences between the two are just really in the details. Turns out no one had apparently thought about how to really toss pizza, either, so that became a bigger part of what we looked at with this, and when we found that experts tossed pizza exactly as the theory said they should for optimum results, we were thrilled.”
Researchers identified two different types of pizza-tossing—single toss and multiple toss—and discovered that each has an optimal throwing style.