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4) + cos 2 s2 + •.. + cos 2 s)ds numbers is ? 4) is ? n~ n'QA .. -Q .. 1). By a reasoning similar to the one used in the two-dimensional case we can show that the sign of equality holds if and only if dimensional sphere. d. Section 3. We shall now consider the older proof of Hurwitz for the isoperimetric inequality in two dimensions. Our presentation is the one given in Hardy-Littlewood-P6lya's "Inequalities". Lemma 1. 2) hold. e. f =a cose+b sine. d. Lemma 1. Proof of the isoperime tric inequality : Let c be a simple closed curve with piecewise continuous tangent; we denote its area by A and its total arc length by L • Without loss of generality we can take L = 2n.

2) f 0 unless max k(s) constant. The second factor is always > 0 the values of 1; 1 and 1; 2 min k(s) k(s) t is a y(1; 1 ) > 0> y(1; 2 ) that were chosen. e. k(s) , since k(s) for has only constant leads to a contradiction. d. The four-vertex theorem holds for all simple closed curves but we shall not give a proof of this generalization. Section 7. We have shown previously that the total curvature of a simple closed convex curve is = 2n ; we shall generalize this result. 1) = 2 Jr , if the curve is oriented so that the order of its interior is Proof: For 0 :S s 1 < s 2 < L vector pointing from as the argument of the V (s 1 ,s 2 ) c (s 2 ) ; since c has no double points we define c (s 1 ) to and it possesses a continuous tangent, V(s 1 ,s 2 ) closure of its domain of definition.

We first introduce the following notation: Let three-dimensional space with v