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    Measuring areas
    By Tommaso Dorigo | June 12th 2013 01:51 PM | 8 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    "And why do we measure areas with square centimeters ?"

    "Because it would be much harder to fit in there round centimeters, silly!"

    (From a conversation with my daughter)

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    What if you wanted to measure the area of a circle?

    dorigo
    Square centimeters are better even in that case!
    Cheers,
    T.
    Hadn't thought about it that way before.

    When a grid is needed, Nature seems to prefer hexagons. Wonder if a hex-based area measurement would work better or worse than squares?

    dorigo
    Good question Polistra. I confess I have no idea!
    Cheers,
    T.
    Who was asking, and who answering?

    dorigo
    Well, the conversation did not exactly go this way, but the idea of round centimeters was hers.
    Cheers,
    T.
    logicman
    I like triangles.