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> In a message dated 98-02-24 14:57:46 EST, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> 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 :)