1996-11-27 - Turning Peas Into Stars

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From: mpd@netcom.com (Mike Duvos)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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Raw Date: Wed, 27 Nov 1996 15:30:37 -0800 (PST)

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From: mpd@netcom.com (Mike Duvos)
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 1996 15:30:37 -0800 (PST)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Turning Peas Into Stars
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In sci.math, David Madore <madore@clipper.ens.fr> writes:

 > Fanciful but true statement: it is possible to cut a pea in a
 > finite number of pieces, and rearrange them so as to make a ball
 > the size of the sun (leaving no holes, of course).

Nothing to do with crypto, of course, but at least it has something
to do with math. 

Does anyone remember Martin Gardner's April Fool's Day "Mathematical
Games" column in Sci Am in which he proposed the Banach-Tarski Paradox
as a practical method of turning a solid gold sphere into two solid
gold spheres each identical to the original?

A nice illustration of why all sets can't be measurable. 

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