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Famous Problems of Geometry and How to Solve Them

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"It took two millennia to prove the impossible; that is, to prove it is not possible to solve some famous Greek problems in the Greek way (using only straight edge and compasses). In the process of trying to square the circle, trisect the angle and duplicate the cube, other mathematical discoveries were made; for these seemingly trivial diversions occupied some of history's great mathematical minds. Why did Archimedes, Euclid, Newton, Fermat, Gauss, Descartes among so many devote themselves to these conundrums? This book brings readers actively into historical and modern procedures for working the problems, and into the new mathematics that had to be invented before they could be 'solved'."

Book in very good condition, although there some pencilled annotation and an inscription on the first page.

Item details

Author(s):
Bold, B.
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1982 edition (1969 originally)
Format:
Paperback
Number of pages:
112
Publisher:
Dover

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"It took two millennia to prove the impossible; that is, to prove it is not possible to solve some famous Greek problems in the Greek way (using only straight edge and compasses). In the process of trying to square the circle, trisect the angle and duplicate the cube, other mathematical discoveries were made; for these seemingly trivial diversions occupied some of history's great mathematical minds. Why did Archimedes, Euclid, Newton, Fermat, Gauss, Descartes among so many devote themselves to these conundrums? This book brings readers actively into historical and modern procedures for working the problems, and into the new mathematics that had to be invented before they could be 'solved'."

Book in very good condition, although there some pencilled annotation and an inscription on the first page.

Author(s):
Bold, B.
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1982 edition (1969 originally)
Format:
Paperback
Number of pages:
112
Publisher:
Dover

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