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**Amartyanil****Member**- From: Universe
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Hi;

All things on a planet or a sattelite, that we see straight are actually curved and the things that we see curved are actually straight!

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Explain...

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**Amartyanil****Member**- From: Universe
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The theory of curveness is true because any planet, satellite or star are always spherical in shape.

Things on a planet, satellite or a star that we see straight are actually curved because when we come beyond the planet, we see the thing curved. E.g., the great wall is straight on it upper or the lower surface, beyond it's planet we see that the great wall is curved.

"Things on a planet, satellite or a star that we see curved are actually straight", this theory is right or wrong, I cannot prove it.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Well, nothing is exactly straight. Do you have some kind of a definition of a real world straight line?

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The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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Definition: A figure is said to be straight (in a three dimensional space) if the two endpoints of the figure are at minimal distance.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Minimal as compared to?

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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It is the least possible distance and only one such configuration exists.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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The "least possible distance" depends on the metric used. Each space has it's own metric.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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What is a metric?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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It's a function that assigns values to distances. It also has to satisfy a few properties, but those are not important for what we're discussing.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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In the 3D space, I can only concieve of one kind of distance. Please explain if there exists others

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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The one you are thinking of is called the Euclidian distance. There exist others. There is quite a bit on this on the net.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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With what keyword should I search for?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metric_%28mathematics%29

The term is used a lot in vector analysis and differential geometry.

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**Amartyanil****Member**- From: Universe
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Amartyanil wrote:

Hi;

All things on a planet or a sattelite, that we see straight are actually curved and the things that we see curved are actually straight!

I have corrected it:

All things on any spherical celestial bodies that we see straight are curved and I am not sure about curved things.

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Two things are infinite, stupidity and the universe... I am not sure about the universe.

-Einstein

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Abraham Pais wrote:

Einstein, this little man...

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