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Constructions With Straightedge and Compass: Doubling the Cube

by

Karl Zimmermann
Union College

April 26, 2011
4:30 pm
Bailey Hall 100

Refreshments will be served at 4:15 in Bailey 204


Abstract:

The ancient Greeks were interested in constructing geometric figures using only a straightedge (a ruler with no markings), and a compass. However with these tools, they were unable to double a cube, that is, construct a cube with twice the volume of a given cube. The object of this talk is to describe these geometric ideas algebraically and show that doubling the cube, using only a straightedge and a compass, is actually impossible.


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