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Topic: Distance Between Lines in R^3 (fwd)
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Thomas Nordhaus

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Re: Distance Between Lines in R^3 (fwd)
Posted: Jul 29, 2013 2:16 AM
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Am 29.07.2013 03:26, schrieb Ken Pledger:
> In article <kt4635$fis$>,
> Thomas Nordhaus <> wrote:

>> Am 28.07.2013 23:01, schrieb Ken Pledger:
>>> ....
>>> That's all. It's a traditional method in old text-books which aren't
>>> read much any more, and it doesn't need any calculus.

>> I think implicitly it does....

> It needs the fact that the shortest path from a point to a line is
> along the perpendicular. My geometry students prove that as a little
> exercise using Euclid I.16 and 19 - definitely no calculus.

Now, THAT is old-fashioned. What is so wrong with using calculus? That
way you can easily generalize to minimizing distance bewtween curves,
submanifolds, whatever. I think there is nothing "old textbook"ish about
it. That's simply differential geometry. You will find that outlined in
Spivak's books.

> Ken Pledger.

Thomas Nordhaus

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