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Gauss and the Regular Heptadecagon

How many regular polygons are constructible? In other words, how many regular polygons can be drawn in a finite number of steps using just a compass and an unmarked straightedge? Since the time of Euclid, geometers knew how to construct the equilateral triangle, the square, and the regular pentagon. Construction of an equilateral triangle inscribedContinue reading “Gauss and the Regular Heptadecagon”

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