[FOM] The regular heptadecagon

Thomas Forster T.Forster at dpmms.cam.ac.uk
Sun Aug 12 03:15:28 EDT 2007

 A question came up in a seminar here the other day.... Gauss'
construction of the regular heptadecagon (17 sides) by compass 
and straightedge. Would a classical Greek, on being shown this 
construction, be able to see that the figure thus constructed 
was indeed a regular heptadecagon...?

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