# surfaces of spheres are made of

Take thease basic shapes:

triangle, square, ..., octigon
pyramid, cube
simplex, hypercube


Each flat surface of a cube is a square. The same applies to others in the rest of the table above.

{circle, sphere, hypersphere} also have a great deal in common with thease series.

Therefore, is it true to say that a surface of a sphere either is, or is in some respects, or can be thought of as being a circle, or more accurately a disc?

My thoughts as to how this could be:

A segment or slice isn't a surface.

Thanks Qiaochu Yuan, in topologically two discs can be used to form a sphere. Although they are not flat discs.

Perhaps as the number of sides approaches infinity, the shape of each side aproaches a circle, although it's apparent that circular surfaces do not fit together to form a sphere.

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So the question is?.. – Ilya Feb 7 '12 at 16:46
I've marked the question. – alan2here Feb 7 '12 at 17:03
Everything below the bolded question is my thoughts of how this could be. – alan2here Feb 7 '12 at 17:10
Well, you would be certainly interested in Algebraic topology which in part deals with such 'common things'. I don't know if there is a good introductory book on this topic. – Ilya Feb 7 '12 at 17:22

Certainly it is possible to think of a sphere as being glued together from several disks (in mathematics "circle" refers to the object $x^2 + y^2 = 1$ rather than the object $x^2 + y^2 \le 1$, which is a disk). In fact it suffices to use two: the upper hemisphere and the lower hemisphere of a sphere are topologically disks, and gluing them together at their boundaries gives a sphere.