Chris Benson wrote:
> Mmmm, so if there are 3 water lilies with circular leaves, what
> is the largest they can grow on the surface of a sphere without
> overlap? On a circle it's easy to see it's just less than the
> radius of the circle. Not so easy with a sphere.
Well, first off, the circles won't be circles "as we know them" since
they're not 2D circles but have a 3D component (or they wouldn't be on the
surface of the sphere but rather cutting a slice through it).
However, I'd imagine that with three such bulgy circles, the best you can do
is space them equally around the equator.
Cheers,
Philip
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