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The three ancient Greek construction problems: some history and some solutions

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Professor Julius Barbanel
Union College

April 20, 2015
5:00pm
Bailey Hall 207

Refreshments will be served in Bailey Hall 204 4:45pm


Abstract:

Ancient Greek mathematicians struggled with three geometric construction problems: They were unable to solve any of these problems using the traditional Euclidean ruler-and-compass tools. However, they did solve all three using so-called “mechanical methods”. We shall discuss the history of these three problems and present two mechanical solutions.


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