Fri, 29 May 2020
A couple of years ago I wrote an article about a topological counterexample, which included this illustration:
Since then, every time I have looked at this illustration, I have noticed that the blue segment is drawn wrong. It is intended to be a portion of a radius, so if I extend it toward the center of the circle it ought to intersect the center point. But clearly, the slope is too high and the extension passes significantly below the center.
Or so it appears. I have checked the original SVG, using Inkscape to extend the blue segment: the extension passes through the center of the circle. I have also checked the rendered version of the illustration, by holding a straightedge up to the screen. The segment is pointing in the correct direction.
So I know it's right, but still I'm jarred every time I see it, because to me it looks so clearly wrong.
[ Addendum 20200530: John Gleeson has pointed out the similarity to the Poggendorff illusion. ]
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