My Stab At Colin’s Puzzle | Colin

The estimable @colinthemathmo suggests a method for estimating the radius of the earth, which he credits to a sundial expert friend named Mike:

Stand on a wall, perhaps two metres high, and wait for sunrise. When you see the sun just peak above the horizon, start the stopwatch, and jump off the wall (or drop the stopwatch to a friend). Since you are now lower down, you can no longer see the Sun, so wait a bit until you can see it again, and stop the clock.

And astonishingly, that’s enough!

When Colin says “the simplified sums are not too nasty”, you can bet you’re in for an…

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