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Torricelli point

In a triangle, the Torricelli point is the place with the shortest distance to the triangle points. What is so special about this point?

 


Explanation

You can show this point by drawing an equilateral triangle on each side of the triangle, and then draw a straight line to the opposite corner.

 


Fundamental interactions

The point plays an important role in nature. In each atom are protons, neutrons and many not so well-known particles. Those particles contain other small particles, the so called quarks. They form groups of 3, and are at the shortest possible distance from each other. They do this with extreme force.

 


Additional information

It was not until 1659 that this solution by the Italian mathematician Evangelista Torricelli was published.

 


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