How are great circle airline route distances calculated?

Just curious to know how the shortest route can be mathematically determined. I have no idea how to even begin to conceptualize this problem. Let’s say I want to plot the shortest route from Chicago O’Hare to Tokyo. How would I start? Never gifted with even a scintilla of math insight and am envious of the ease that you all demonstrate in moving from problem to solution.

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