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August 14, 2008 10:29 AM

Doh! The Water Cube is actually a 'parallelepiped'

Posted by Ron Judd

Somehow, I knew if I threw out a geometric term that just sounded funny (as in "rhombus," in the Top 10 list below), someone who understands the science would come forth with a precise geometric description of Beijing's "Water Cube."

Thus it is gratifying, although not surprising, that Halstead Harrison, a University of Washington professor emeritus, helpfully informs us this morning that:

The 'Water Cube' is more properly a 'right rectangular parallelepiped' [3-dimensions], not a rhombus [2-dimensions]. Tsk! Geometry 101. Just thought you'd like to know.

Yes, I took the class. Got a C-, and knew there would come a day when I would need to know how that an equilateral quadrilateral like a rhombus -- which, as any fool knows, is a two-dimensional, closed, four-sided figure with opposite sides parallel and of the same length -- could never be used to host swimming at the Summer Olympics.

We are now turning Prof. Harrison loose on the new gymnastics scoring system.

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