quadrature of the circle
the insoluble problem of constructing, by the methods of Euclidean geometry, a square equal in area to a given circle. Also called squaring the circle.
[1590-1600]

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  • Squaring the circle — Squaring the circle: the areas of this square and this circle are equal. In 1882, it was proven that this figure cannot be constructed in a finite number of steps with an idealized compass and straightedge …   Wikipedia

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