What can we construct? – part 1

Shirali, Shailesh (2020) What can we construct? – part 1. At Right Angles (7). pp. 8-18. ISSN 2582-1873

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Abstract

The geometers of ancient Greece invented a peculiargame for themselves, a game called construction,whose objective is to draw various geometric figuresof interest. We are permitted to use just two instruments: an unmarked straightedge(a ‘ruler’), and a compass. Using just these two instruments, how far can we go? What can we construct, and what can we not construct? This now becomes a mathematical question of considerable interest.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Shirali, Shailesh
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English
Uncontrolled Keywords: Geometry, Instrument box, Construction, Compass, Straightedge, Ruler, Divider, Set square, Regular pentagon
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Mathematics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > At Right Angles
Full Text Status: Public
URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/2402
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