Three Impossible Constructions

Feb 7, 2018 , 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Darwin 103
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The geometry of ancient Greece, formalized by Euclid into the famous axiomatic system that we were first introduced to in grade school, began more than two-thousand
years ago with a compass and straightedge. Using these tools and Euclid's first three axioms, the Greeks sought to develop constructions for various geometric objects.
Three of the constructions which eluded them --- (1) squaring a circle, (2) trisecting an angle, and (3) doubling a cube --- were proven to be impossible several hundred
years later, and only through the use of modern algebra. This talk will focus on these proofs of impossibility.

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