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However, they have a different character than squaring the circle, in that their solution involves the root of a cubic equation, rather than being transcendental. It takes only elementary geometry to convert any given rational approximation of π {\displaystyle \pi } into a corresponding compass and straightedge construction, but such constructions tend to be very long-winded in comparison to the accuracy they achieve. The problem of constructing a square whose area is exactly that of a circle, rather than an approximation to it, comes from Greek mathematics. To support this aim, members of the NRICH team work in a wide range of capacities, including providing professional development for teachers wishing to embed rich mathematical tasks into everyday classroom practice.

Bending the rules by introducing a supplemental tool, allowing an infinite number of compass-and-straightedge operations or by performing the operations in certain non-Euclidean geometries makes squaring the circle possible in some sense. In 1914, Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan gave another geometric construction for the same approximation. If the circle could be squared using only compass and straightedge, then π {\displaystyle \pi } would have to be an algebraic number. It was not until 1882 that Ferdinand von Lindemann succeeded in proving more strongly that π is a transcendental number, and by doing so also proved the impossibility of squaring the circle with compass and straightedge.

color {red}640\;\ldots },} where φ {\displaystyle \varphi } is the golden ratio, φ = ( 1 + 5 ) / 2 {\displaystyle \varphi =(1+{\sqrt {5}})/2} . The expression "squaring the circle" is sometimes used as a metaphor for trying to do the impossible. Therefore, more powerful methods than compass and straightedge constructions, such as neusis construction or mathematical paper folding, can be used to construct solutions to these problems. Despite the proof that it is impossible, attempts to square the circle have been common in pseudomathematics (i. For example, Dinostratus' theorem uses the quadratrix of Hippias to square the circle, meaning that if this curve is somehow already given, then a square and circle of equal areas can be constructed from it.

In contrast, Eudemus argued that magnitudes cannot be divided up without limit, so the area of the circle would never be used up. If π {\displaystyle {\sqrt {\pi }}} were a constructible number, it would follow from standard compass and straightedge constructions that π {\displaystyle \pi } would also be constructible. Lindemann was able to extend this argument, through the Lindemann–Weierstrass theorem on linear independence of algebraic powers of e {\displaystyle e} , to show that π {\displaystyle \pi } is transcendental and therefore that squaring the circle is impossible. displaystyle \left(9 James Gregory attempted a proof of the impossibility of squaring the circle in Vera Circuli et Hyperbolae Quadratura (The True Squaring of the Circle and of the Hyperbola) in 1667.Greek mathematicians found compass and straightedge constructions to convert any polygon into a square of equivalent area.

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