Dido’s postcard

Franco Bagnoli


Dido solved the first isoperimetric problem in history by cutting an oxhide into strips, tying them together and surrounding with the resulting rope the portion of land where Carthage was to be built. However, Dido’s feat can be improved on, as can be shown by cutting an opening in a postcard in such a way that a person is able to pass through it.

Full Text:


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/Colle_Galileo-20563

Firenze University Press
Borgo Albizi, 28 - 50122 Firenze
Tel. (0039) 055 2757700 Fax (0039) 055 2757712
E-mail: journals@fupress.com