Squaring the circle and other impossibilities - Professor Robin Wilson - Gresham College Lectures

WE ALL HAVE OUR PROBLEMS Mathematicians can be divided into theory-builders and problem-solvers. In these lectures, we look at some problems that have fascinated mathematicians for 2000 years, concluding with a discussion of the future. Squaring the circle and other impossibilities The three classical problems of Ancient Greece - squaring the circle, trisecting the angle and doubling the cube - remained unsolved until the 19th century. What were they, what methods were tried for tackling them, and how were they eventually solved? All our lectures are available for free download from the Gresham College website, in video, audio or text formats: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Gresham College professors and guest speakers have been giving free public lectures in central London since 1597. This tradition continues today and you can attend any of our lectures, or watch or listen to them on our website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreshamCollege Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gresham-College/14011689941

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