The Problematic Nature of Measuring Coastlines

By Akemi Iwaya on April 1st, 2014

Most of us never really think about how problematic measuring coastlines can be, but with their unique ‘bumpy and craggy’ shapes, it is far from being as simple as we would like. What is the best method for measuring them? How close to the exact shape of a coastline do you measure? YouTube channel Numberphile looks at the ‘problem’ in today’s video.

Measuring Coastline – Numberphile [YouTube]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 04/1/14
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