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Tuesday, July 05, 2005
  11:43 AM — Straight
No, not another gay marriage posting, but another math one. (Go ahead and groan anyway.)

Mathematically, what constitutes a straight line? People always say "the shortest distance between two points." I've got an alternative definition, maybe better for a line segment on a curved function. Yes, I was thinking about this after fireworks last night.

Point is, f'=0 is flat, but it's not straight. f"=0 is a point with no curvature for an instant, but the curvature is changing from one way to the other, so it's not straight. Maybe straight would be a point/segment where f(n)=0 for n>1 ? Why in the world am I thinking about this?

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