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Re: Philosophy



Dinogeorge@aol.com wrote:
> 
> In a message dated 98-02-24 14:57:46 EST, th81@umail.umd.edu writes:
> 
> <SNIP>
>  To give an example, what is the absolute true answer to the shape of the
>  Earth?  This is a nice, scientific question, as it asks for a geometric
>  description of a particular object.
> 
> 
> 
> The best answer to this question is that the earth doesn't have a shape in the
> mathematical sense. It is an assemblage of atoms whose individual shapes can
> only be described statistically.
> <big snip>
> 

I'm sure there is a fractal equation about a mile long that could
describe the shape of the planet quite well. Just don't ask me to
work out what it is  :)
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