From: israel@math.ubc.ca (Robert Israel)
Newsgroups: sci.math
Subject: Re: quinque-section of an angle
Date: 21 Jan 1997 08:29:38 GMT
In article <5c0nmh$906@freenet-news.carleton.ca>,
Angel Garcia wrote:
>Angel Garcia (bp887@FreeNet.Carleton.CA) writes:
>> Given an arbitrary angle to find its exact 5th. part.
>> Any constructions for it ?
>I am looking for something like the dozens of ingenuous TRISECTIONS
>invented along millennia: cisoid, Archimedes, etc..
The quadratix, invented by Hippias ca. 425 BC, can be used to multisect
angles, i.e. divide by n for any n > 1. See Eves, An Introduction to the
History of Mathematics (6th edition), exercise 4.10.
Robert Israel israel@math.ubc.ca
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University of British Columbia fax 822-6074
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