Friday, November 20, 2009

Prolate Spheroid

I had this argument with Pratiti today, but we had to cut it short because she was getting late for school. So I leave you, the discerning public, to judge for yourself. Look at the area A ∩ B (both A & B) in the Venn diagram below.

Does it or does it not look like a potol?

16 comments:

Rahul Saha said...

maybe in 3d it would look like a potol...in 2d it looks like a petal..

The Orange Cat said...

Looks like a set of eyes.

The Nine-Tailed Fox said...

It most certainly does. irrevocably,yes. unconditionally,yes.

Tommy said...

A prolate spheroid has rounded ends.

Sroyon said...

@Tommy: Some potols have rounded ends and are shaped roughly like prolate spheroids, though the ones in the picture are not the best examples. But the more common shape is what you get by rotating an arc of a circle about an axis passing through its endpoints. Do you know what such a shape is called?

Priyanka said...

Only in good season, mind. Wrinkled potols are remarkably common.

Shrabasti Banerjee said...

Tottally does.

EvolutioN said...

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

Yes, it does look like a fish. Like the ones the three year olds draw. At least the first lines, before they draw the squiggly lines to kill the likeness.

On another note, if it does look like potol, and if that overlapping area signifies a set of people, tenara ki potol tullen?

Loves,

Evo

Anonymous said...

I am glad that you are loosing it so quickly. cheers.

Tommy said...

Sroyon: I don't know a name for that.

In the USA you could call it football-shaped.

Indecision Personified said...

Totally agree with anonymous.

Pratiti said...

Uff. I could have bet that you would have blogged about this, being, well, the way you are.

Rick said...

Prat was saying that it DID NOT look like a potol? oh.

Kroswami said...

is that the potol of the "fuk what has the MessCom done today?!?" fame?

Sroyon said...

@Kroswami: Yeah, that one. Quaker's favourite dish.

Arjun said...

Quaker.... that sly f**** always liked these sorta things but made out as if he hated them.... i caught him a few times in his room.... devouring off brinjals by himself on the sly....