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Surely you’re joking, Mr. Feynman. The question is: are there any interesting theorems that you think would be a good example to tell Richard Feynman, as an answer to his challenge? Theorems should be totally counter-intuitive, and be easily translatable to everyday language. (Apparently the Banach-Tarski paradox was not a good example.)Then I got an idea. I challenged

them: “I bet there isn’t a single

theorem that you can tell me – what

the assumptions are and what the

theorem is in terms I can understand –

where I can’t tell you right away

whether it’s true or false.”It often went like this: They would

explain to me, “You’ve got an orange,

OK? Now you cut the orange into a

finite number of pieces, put it back

together, and it’s as big as the sun.

True or false?”“No holes.”

“Impossible!

“Ha! Everybody gather around! It’s

So-and-so’s theorem of immeasurable

measure!”Just when they think they’ve got

me, I remind them, “But you said an

orange! You can’t cut the orange peel

any thinner than the atoms.”“But we have the condition of

continuity: We can keep on cutting!”“No, you said an orange, so I

assumed that you meant a real orange.”So I always won. If I guessed it

right, great. If I guessed it wrong,

there was always something I could

find in their simplification that they

left out.

**Answer**

Every simple closed curve that you can draw by hand will pass through the corners of some square. The question was asked by Toeplitz in 1911, and has only been partially answered in 1989 by Stromquist. As of now, the answer is only known to be positive, for the curves that can be drawn by hand. (i.e. the curves that are piecewise the graph of a continuous function)

I find the result beyond my intuition.

For details, see http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~markn/squares/ (the figure is also borrowed from this site)

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