# CylinderAreaParadox

**N.B.** Le texte de Bachelard dans la section ci-dessus utilise la lettre *n* pour désigner le nombre de plans et la lettre *m* pour le nombre de sommets. Dans le texte ci-dessous *n* donne le nombre de sommets et *m* le nombre de plans.

Let be the surface of a cylinder of height and radius . ( does not include the flat circular ends of the cylinder.) This Demonstration constructs a set of triangles that tend uniformly to —yet their total area does not tend to the area of !

Divide into subcylinders (or bands) of height . Construct congruent isosceles triangles in each band with vertices at the vertices of a regular -gon inscribed in the circles at the top and bottom of each band, offset by .

For any point in (except the axis of the cylinder), let be the axial projection of onto . As , to say that the triangles approximate uniformly means that for any point on a triangle and any (independent of ), there is a such that for all , .

The sum of the areas of the triangles is

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Depending on how the limit is taken, can differ. If first with held fixed and then , the limit is , the expected area of the cylinder. If first with held fixed and then , the limit is infinity. If and together so that is some positive constant , the limit can be chosen to be any number greater than .

Therefore does not have a limit.

The surface is known as Schwarz's lantern, Schwarz's polyhedron, or Schwarz's cylinder.

George Beck and Izidor Hafner
"Cylinder Area Paradox"

http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/CylinderAreaParadox/

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