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Topic: "real world" uses of topology?
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Martin Green

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Re: "real world" uses of topology?
Posted: Mar 3, 2001 9:27 AM
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> A friend in chemistry asked me recently about uses of topology that have
> found their way into the "real" world. I was hard pressed to give
> examples.
> Can you help?

Someone once developed a vidoe game that was supposed to be
like a 3-d version of Tetris. It was played on a spherical planet
that was laid out in a checkerboard. You could rotate the sphere
left, right, up, and down, and you always saw this checkerboard
pattern in front of you.Topologically, this is impossible on a shpere!
How did the game developers solve this problem???

(PS The answer is a perfect real-world application of topology.)

Martin Green
Teach yourself Yiddish while you read the
exciting autobiography of Falk Zolf.

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