P is for plane #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z in April Challenge 2019 I have picked some words, which are connected with physical space.

P is for plane – a flat surface.
It may be horizontal, vertical
Or slanted to provide easy access.
Draw on its two dimensions: try a spiral!

An atlas

People have devised all kinds of ingenious ways of representing 3-dimensional space on flat paper. For example, an atlas has maps of the world flattened out.

I can remember failing to understand a diagram of airline routes across North America. Having travelled from England to Philadelphia and having waited a few hours between flights, I should have been asleep. Instead I was looking at an in-flight magazine. The curved lines representing the routes were flat on the paper. The one from Philadelphia to Portland, Oregon passed through the map of Canada. I was too sleepy to realise that the line should have been in 3-dimensions and had been positioned where it would not cross other routes for clarity! Of course, the plane took the direct route.

There are examples in the Bible of people not understanding immediately. Jesus Christ often told stories with a deeper meaning (parables), some of which he explained to his disciples later.

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