Lancelot sent me this gif…..
Can you figure out why the square never gets any smaller?

1. Anonymous says:

because it grows

1. Bob says:

The answer is easy, as the corners fall off we are moving closer to the square making it look the same!

2. Anonymous says:

because it “moving” to wards the front

1. Oh, I meant to reply on the “because it grows”…

3. Bruce Windrim says:

Because the hypotenuse is the same as the side of the square

4. As each corner moves away, it is reinstated just as soon as there is room to do so without overlap. This occurs too fast for our vision to perceive it and our brain interprets the scene as a square with corners that are continuously detaching and moving away.

1. The effect may well be unchanged by starting each corner image slightly away from the ‘square’. This would mean that the ‘square’ never really exists as a complete square. Our brain can often be fooled when confronted by a pattern that is only slightly different from a very familiar/ ubiquitous image. It is inclined to assume the more usual shape and this is what we perceive.

2. Gus says:

Oh, yeah. I don’t think there’s ever actually a square. That’s cool.

5. Anonymous says:

Because the square keeps growing

1. Eddie says:

I disagree – there is a square which forms intermittently for a short period of time.

2. Gus says:

Sylvia – Thanks for that link. I’m going to have a lot of fun with that tool.

6. Useful Idiot says:

Oooh this is sweet. This is exactly the way I eat a French Toast. Now I’m really sorry my French Toasts don’t grow the same way that square does…

7. you are not your carefully chosen screenname says:

“can you figure out why the square never gets any smaller?” – false premise; the object is only a square after all four corners have been removed, it is otherwise a pentagon. furthermore, the formed square is in fact smaller, its sides subtly lengthened as the next set of corners are removed.

8. What’s to work out? Cut off the corners of the square along a lines joining the centre of two adjacent sides whilst rotating and you get another, smaller square which you expand and “throw” the cut off corners away along the diagonals of the gif frame. Of course, some careful timing to make it looks smooth and run it just fast enough the eye can’t directly perceive what’s going on. Slow the animation down, and it would be obvious what’s happening.

9. Neil Mcintyre says:

Interesting !

10. Andre Authority says:

because it is perfect

11. Miss Chili says:

Perhaps this is actually some sort of quantum thing? Or maybe a 3-D construct of which we’re only permitted to see the top level as layers peel off? Ooooookay, then again, maybe neither… ðŸ˜€

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