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_id: '106'
abstract:
- lang: eng
text: The goal of this article is to introduce the reader to the theory of intrinsic
geometry of convex surfaces. We illustrate the power of the tools by proving a
theorem on convex surfaces containing an arbitrarily long closed simple geodesic.
Let us remind ourselves that a curve in a surface is called geodesic if every
sufficiently short arc of the curve is length minimizing; if, in addition, it
has no self-intersections, we call it simple geodesic. A tetrahedron with equal
opposite edges is called isosceles. The axiomatic method of Alexandrov geometry
allows us to work with the metrics of convex surfaces directly, without approximating
it first by a smooth or polyhedral metric. Such approximations destroy the closed
geodesics on the surface; therefore it is difficult (if at all possible) to apply
approximations in the proof of our theorem. On the other hand, a proof in the
smooth or polyhedral case usually admits a translation into Alexandrov’s language;
such translation makes the result more general. In fact, our proof resembles a
translation of the proof given by Protasov. Note that the main theorem implies
in particular that a smooth convex surface does not have arbitrarily long simple
closed geodesics. However we do not know a proof of this corollary that is essentially
simpler than the one presented below.
author:
- first_name: Arseniy
full_name: Akopyan, Arseniy
id: 430D2C90-F248-11E8-B48F-1D18A9856A87
last_name: Akopyan
- first_name: Anton
full_name: Petrunin, Anton
last_name: Petrunin
citation:
ama: Akopyan A, Petrunin A. Long geodesics on convex surfaces. *Mathematical Intelligencer*.
2018;40(3):26-31. doi:10.1007/s00283-018-9795-5
apa: Akopyan, A., & Petrunin, A. (2018). Long geodesics on convex surfaces.
*Mathematical Intelligencer*, *40*(3), 26–31. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00283-018-9795-5
chicago: 'Akopyan, Arseniy, and Anton Petrunin. “Long Geodesics on Convex Surfaces.”
*Mathematical Intelligencer* 40, no. 3 (2018): 26–31. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00283-018-9795-5.'
ieee: A. Akopyan and A. Petrunin, “Long geodesics on convex surfaces,” *Mathematical
Intelligencer*, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 26–31, 2018.
ista: Akopyan A, Petrunin A. 2018. Long geodesics on convex surfaces. Mathematical
Intelligencer. 40(3), 26–31.
mla: Akopyan, Arseniy, and Anton Petrunin. “Long Geodesics on Convex Surfaces.”
*Mathematical Intelligencer*, vol. 40, no. 3, Springer, 2018, pp. 26–31,
doi:10.1007/s00283-018-9795-5.
short: A. Akopyan, A. Petrunin, Mathematical Intelligencer 40 (2018) 26–31.
date_created: 2018-12-11T11:44:40Z
date_published: 2018-09-01T00:00:00Z
date_updated: 2019-11-14T08:41:30Z
day: '01'
department:
- _id: HeEd
doi: 10.1007/s00283-018-9795-5
external_id:
arxiv:
- '1702.05172'
intvolume: ' 40'
issue: '3'
language:
- iso: eng
main_file_link:
- open_access: '1'
url: https://arxiv.org/abs/1702.05172
month: '09'
oa: 1
oa_version: Preprint
page: 26 - 31
publication: Mathematical Intelligencer
publication_status: published
publisher: Springer
publist_id: '7948'
quality_controlled: '1'
status: public
title: Long geodesics on convex surfaces
type: journal_article
user_id: 3E5EF7F0-F248-11E8-B48F-1D18A9856A87
volume: 40
year: '2018'
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