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How To Really Eliminate The Staircase Paradox?

You are likely underestimating the mathematical finesse behind this paradox!

The staircase paradox: A staircase with a base of 4 centimetres (cm) and height of 4 cm. There are two stairs, each with a length of 2 cm and height of 2 cm. Is the total staircase length equal to 4√2 cm or 8 cm?
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The staircase paradox has made me think a lot lately. Ever since I wrote the article “Can You Really Solve The Staircase Paradox?”, there have been quite a few hard technical discussions in the comments section.

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