tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15452141.post2535208132397424920..comments2009-01-12T14:22:18.760-08:00Comments on Words and Other Things: Do the proofShawnhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15244930958211791213noreply@blogger.comBlogger2125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15452141.post-37972926150175478242009-01-11T21:07:00.000-08:002009-01-11T21:07:00.000-08:00It would. I'd also love to see a proof in print th...It would. I'd also love to see a proof in print that began "go get a cat."Shawnhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15244930958211791213noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15452141.post-14292786204762361212009-01-07T19:37:00.000-08:002009-01-07T19:37:00.000-08:00Ha! A scavenger hunt proof. Would this proof of th...Ha! A scavenger hunt proof. Would this proof of the isoperimetric theorem count too?<BR/><BR/>1.Go get a cat.<BR/>2. Put it in a cold room, and wait until it falls asleep.<BR/>3. Observe the approximate three-dimensional shape that the cat assumes (i.e., a sphere).<BR/>4. If the cat assumes this shape, it is because that shape is the warmest in three dimensions.<BR/>5. The warmest shape is the one that minimizes the ratio of surface area to volume.<BR/>6. Therefore: the sphere is the solid that minimizes the ratio of surface area to volume in three dimensions.<BR/><BR/>(More discussion <A HREF="http://www.soulphysics.org/2008/05/4-line-proof-of-isoperimetric-theorem.html" REL="nofollow">here</A>.)Bryanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07379669532781325751noreply@blogger.com