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geodesic

1. relating to or involving the geometry of curved surfaces
2. the shortest line between two points on a curved or plane surface

geodesic

[¦jē·ə¦des·ik]
(mathematics)
A curve joining two points in a Riemannian manifold which has minimum length.

geodesic

geodesic
Great circle is the shortest distance between two points.
The shortest distance between two points on any surface. The shortest distance between two places on earth derived mathematically is called a geodetic line.
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He received his education from Jesse Ramsden (1731-1800) in London and from Johann Christian Breithaupt (1736-1799), the founder of the famous, and still extant, workshop for geodetical instruments in Kassel.
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It was a very demanding measurement in which a series of institutions participated: Geodetical Research Institute, Zdiby; Geodetical Institute, Prague; Building Faculty of the Czech Technical University, Prague; and Charles University, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Prague.
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