Originally Posted by StuM
So any circle is infinite in length according to you? What does that do to pi
Once we said straight line on a spherical surface, PI goes out the window.
But then again, the original post said the longest straight line voyage without hitting land. Theoretically, if you point the boat
west and keep going until you hit land....it never said that straight line couldn't run over itself.
Another alternative would be to start at the northernmost edge of the band that doesn't contain any land and pick a heading of 90.00000000000000000000000000000001. I would have to run the math but that should result in looping antartica many times without touching land or overlapping the route
This is before we even consider the complications frame of reference for actual motion on a planet rotating once a day on it's axis, around the sun once a year, wobbling a bit due to the moon rotating around it once a month and the whole solar
system rotating around the milkyway and the whole milky way wandering thru the larger universe.