Cyclotomy, the art of dividing a circle into equal parts, was a Greek specialty, and the only tools allowed were a straightedge and a compass. The subject is deeply related to number theory, as we saw in our discussion of Fermat primes in Sect. 3.8. In addition, cyclotomic polynomials play an important role in modern digital processes and fast computation (Sect. 24.3).
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