Why 350°F (177°C) is the Magic Number for Baking [Science Video]

Ever notice the first step for baking a cookie is almost always to preheat the oven to 350 degrees?

Even when you’re baking something else, an oven with a digital temperature reader typically defaults to 350. What’s so magical about this number and why is it that so many recipes call for it? Find out in this video from Vox!

Oh, and for those of you in the US: 350°F = 177°C.