Also RADIUS, the acronym for Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service. RADIUS is a client/server protocol that enables remote access servers to communicate with a central server to authenticate dial-in users and authorise their access to the requested system or service. In this way user information can be stored in a central database repository. This increases security as policy can be implemented at a single administered network point. RADIUS is a proposed IETF standard.

Start out with the following simple question:

Imagine you have tied a rope tightly around the full span of earth's equator (assume "earth" as being a perfect sphere and that the rope cannot be stretched). Now imagine that you add 1 meter to the initial rope length so that it becomes loose around the equator. Question: if you spread the rope at an even height from earth's surface (i.e. rope has a circular form, cocentric with earth's center) can you pass a cat underneath it?

Intuition says "no way", but let's examine the problem closely. Cutting a 2D slice at the equator, initially we have a circle with a perimeter equal to earth's perimeter at the equator (call it's radius "R") and a circle of rope tied tightly around it. When we loosen the perimeter by a meter (add a meter of rope) we are (indirectly) increasing it's radius. What we need to find out is how much the circle's radius will expand. (again intuition says it'll be very little due to the earth's dimensions and the fact that we are adding so little rope).

So, initially we have, from basic geometry:

P=2*PI*R (1)

(where P is the initial perimeter). When we add a meter of rope we are making P'=P+1 (where P' is the perimeter after the meter of rope was added). We also know (same as equation (1)) that:


Solving for R':

R'=R+1/(2*PI) (2)

note: 1/(2*PI)=.159...

note the beauty of equation (2). It tells us that the increase in the radius is independant of it's initial radius. Simply, it doesn't matter whether we are tying a rope around an orange or the earth, when we add 1 meter to it's length (perimeter) , we ALWAYS increase it's radius by 16 centimeters.

let's just say I was marvelled by this simple result.

by the way... most cats can squeeze beneath 16 centimeters.

(graph theory):

The smallest eccentricity in a graph. In other words, after finding the vertex (not necessarily unique) which is the closest to every other vertex (i.e. the maximum path length from it to any other vertex is minimised), then the aformentioned maximum path length is the radius.

Ra"di*us (?), n.; pl. L. Radii (#); E. Radiuses (#). [L., a staff, rod, spoke of a wheel, radius, ray. See Ray a divergent line.]

1. Geom.

A right line drawn or extending from the center of a circle to the periphery; the semidiameter of a circle or sphere.

2. Anat.

The preaxial bone of the forearm, or brachium, corresponding to the tibia of the hind limb. See Illust. of Artiodactyla.

⇒ The radius is on the same side of the limb as the thumb, or pollex, and in man it so articulated that its lower end is capable of partial rotation about the ulna.

3. Bot.

A ray, or outer floret, of the capitulum of such plants as the sunflower and the daisy. See Ray, 2.

4. pl. Zool. (a)

The barbs of a perfect.


Radiating organs, or color-markings, of the radiates.


The movable limb of a sextant or other angular instrument.


Radius bar Math., a bar pivoted at one end, about which it swings, and having its other end attached to a piece which it causes to move in a circular arc. -- Radius of curvature. See under Curvature.


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