A Brief History of Impossibility
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.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2008-02-01
More about this publication?
- Mathematics Magazine presents articles and notes on undergraduate mathematical topics in a lively expository style that appeals to students and faculty throughout the undergraduate years.
- Information for Authors
- Submit a Paper
- Subscribe to this Title
- Membership Information
- Information for Advertisers
- Terms & Conditions
- MAA Journals at ingentaconnect
- MAA Store
- Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites