One afternoon, you call all your friends to come visit you. If they all depart their houses at once, travel in straight lines towards you, and are uniformly distributed throughout the surrounding area, how many people should you expect to arrive as time goes by?

The expected number of arrivals at each moment is proportional to the time since you called. Imagine a circle, centered on you, whose radius expands at the same rate everyone travels. Whenever the circle engulfs someone's house, that's the exact moment the person arrives at your door. Uniform distribution implies number of new arrivals proportional to circumference; number of cumulative arrivals proportional to area.

Same principle generalizes to higher dimensions *n*.