Straightedge and Compass Constructions

  • Arthur Jones
  • Kenneth R. Pearson
  • Sidney A. Morris
Part of the Universitext book series (UTX)


In the previous chapters we developed the algebraic machinery for proving that the three famous geometric constructions are impossible. In this chapter we introduce some geometry and start to show the connection between algebra and the geometry of constructions.


Line Segment Geometrical Construction Construction Problem Compass Point Original Angle 
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Additional Reading for Chapter 5

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    J. Steiner, “Geometrical Constructions with a Ruler Given a Fixed Circle with its Center”, Scripta Mathematica, 14 (1948), 187–264.Google Scholar
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    S. Wagon, “Circle-Squaring in the Twentieth Century”, The Mathematical Intelligencer, 3 (1981), 176–181.MathSciNetCrossRefzbMATHGoogle Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arthur Jones
    • 1
  • Kenneth R. Pearson
    • 1
  • Sidney A. Morris
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsLa Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of InformaticsUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia

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