A Brief History of Impossibility

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It is often said that trisecting the angle, duplicating the cube, or squaring the circle is impossible. But what does this mean? And how can we prove that these constructions are impossible? We'll take a look at what "impossibility" means in this context, and examine Wantzel's 1837 proof of impossibility.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2008

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