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For example, Dinostratus' theorem uses the quadratrix of Hippias to square the circle, meaning that if this curve is somehow already given, then a square and circle of equal areas can be constructed from it.

Although squaring the circle exactly with compass and straightedge is impossible, approximations to squaring the circle can be given by constructing lengths close to π {\displaystyle \pi } . If the circle could be squared using only compass and straightedge, then π {\displaystyle \pi } would have to be an algebraic number. The solution of the problem of squaring the circle by compass and straightedge requires the construction of the number π {\displaystyle {\sqrt {\pi }}} , the length of the side of a square whose area equals that of a unit circle. Ancient Indian mathematics, as recorded in the Shatapatha Brahmana and Shulba Sutras, used several different approximations to π {\displaystyle \pi } .This identity immediately shows that π {\displaystyle \pi } is an irrational number, because a rational power of a transcendental number remains transcendental. The problem of finding the area under an arbitrary curve, now known as integration in calculus, or quadrature in numerical analysis, was known as squaring before the invention of calculus. Having taken their lead from this problem, I believe, the ancients also sought the quadrature of the circle. Although the circle cannot be squared in Euclidean space, it sometimes can be in hyperbolic geometry under suitable interpretations of the terms.

Antiphon the Sophist believed that inscribing regular polygons within a circle and doubling the number of sides would eventually fill up the area of the circle (this is the method of exhaustion). In the same work, Kochański also derived a sequence of increasingly accurate rational approximations for π {\displaystyle \pi } . Although his proof was faulty, it was the first paper to attempt to solve the problem using algebraic properties of π {\displaystyle \pi } . It takes only elementary geometry to convert any given rational approximation of π {\displaystyle \pi } into a corresponding compass and straightedge construction, but such constructions tend to be very long-winded in comparison to the accuracy they achieve. Bending the rules by introducing a supplemental tool, allowing an infinite number of compass-and-straightedge operations or by performing the operations in certain non-Euclidean geometries makes squaring the circle possible in some sense.Greek mathematicians found compass and straightedge constructions to convert any polygon into a square of equivalent area. Despite the proof that it is impossible, attempts to square the circle have been common in pseudomathematics (i. The problem of constructing a square whose area is exactly that of a circle, rather than an approximation to it, comes from Greek mathematics. Hippocrates of Chios attacked the problem by finding a shape bounded by circular arcs, the lune of Hippocrates, that could be squared.

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